Uncle Bob goes flat hunting Phrasal verbs with Look



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Uncle Bob goes flat hunting Phrasal verbs with Look

I really admire my Uncle Bob, I’ve always looked up to him as someone I can go for advice. Every now and then he comes to me. My Uncle Bob is looking for a new flat. He spent the weekend looking through the newspapers. He wanted some advice so he looked up my phone number in his address book and gave me a ring*. The next afternoon we looked at some possibilities on the outskirts of San Sebastian, in a suburb called Renteria. He was looking for a bargain but I told him to look out for flats which needed a lot of work doing. In every flat we looked over the electrics and the plumbing. All the flats we saw were quite pricey so we looked into the possibility of getting a mortgage from the bank. In the end we managed to find the perfect flat and Uncle Bob is really looking forward to moving in. It was pricey but I think Uncle Bob´ll look after it well.

gave me a ring:
called me pricey: expensive a bargain: something at a really good price

a mortgage: a loan to buy a house

Exercise 1. Match the phrasal verbs with the definition:


  1. Look up to someone

  2. Look for

  3. Look through a newspaper

  4. Look up a telephone number

  5. Look at (possibilities)

  6. Look out for

  7. Look over (a report, plumbing)

  8. Look into
  9. Look forward to


  10. Look after




  1. Take care of (a baby, plant)

  2. Try to find

  3. Try to find a telephone number in a book

  4. Investigate

  5. Wait with anticipation (Christmas)

  6. Go and see before something (buying it)

  7. Read quickly for the main points

  8. Keep a careful watch for

  9. Value someone’s opinions (especially someone older)

  10. Look at and check to see if it is okay


Exercise 2. Read through the story with a partner and see if you can remember which verbs go in each gap.
I really admire my Uncle Bob, I’ve always ____________'>____________ him as someone I can go for advice. Every and then he comes to me. My Uncle Bob is ________ a new flat. He spent the weekend ________ the newspapers. He wanted some advice so he ________ my phone number in his address book and gave me a ring. The next day we spent the afternoon __________ some possibilities on the outskirts of San Sebastian, in a suburb called Renteria. He was looking for a bargain but I told him to ________ flats which needed a lot of work doing. In every flat we _______ the electrics and the plumbing. All the flats we saw were quite pricey so we ________ the possibility of getting a mortgage from the bank. In the end we managed to find the perfect flat and Uncle Bob is really ___________ moving in. It was pricey but I think Uncle Bob´ll _____________ it well.

Exercise 3. In pairs, ask each other these questions. You must use the phrasal verbs in your answer, and you must both answer the question.



  1. Who do you look up to?

  2. Do you like to look through a newspaper or magazine before reading it, or do you just start on page one and go through it?

  3. If you have to look up a telephone number, where do you look?

  4. What typical mistakes should students look out for when checking a written composition?

  5. What are looking forward to? Holidays, Christmas,?

  6. Have you ever or do you often have to look after a child or animal for someone?



Exercise 4. Add the correct phrasal verb in the correct form, to the following examples. Be careful to add any pronouns where necessary. Write the answer in the margin only so you can reuse this exercise again and again.


  1. I told the boss about the problem. She said she would _______ it when she had time. …………………….

  2. If we go to the cinema, maybe Frank could _______ the children for a few hours. ……………………..

  3. If you __________ this picture very hard, you can actually see that it is a copy. ……………………..

  4. Uncle Gerry was someone I always ____________ . He always had such good advice. ……………………..

  5. After a series of local burglaries, the police are asking the public to _____ for any suspicious ……………………..

people in their neighbourhood.

  1. If you want the information I can ___________ on the computer in no time. ……………………..

  2. “Did you get a chance to __________________ that book I lent you? I think you’ll like it.” ……………………..

  3. I’m ___________________ the holiday. Two weeks in Greece, I can’t wait! ……………………..


  4. “Can I help you?” “Yes, I’m __________________ a summer dress." ……………………..

  5. I ______________________ the wallet everywhere but I couldn’t find it. ………………

Exercise 5. Key word sentence transformations

Rewrite the first sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence, using the key word. You must not change the key word in any way.
Example: Angela started to smoke when she was twelve.

took

Angela

Answer: Angela took up smoking when she was twelve.

1. When you buy things in a market, you have to be careful of cheap imitations

look

When you buy something in a market you _____________________________________


2. My boss checked the plans but seemed to think they were ok.

looked

My boss ________________________________________________________________
3. A man has claimed that his boss assaulted him. The police are investigating it.

looking

A man has claimed that his boss assaulted him. The police ________________________


4. Although I respected my father, it was my uncle who I really admired.

looked

Although I respected my father, it was _________________________________________


5. If you don’t know the telephone number, you could try to find it in his address book.

look

If you don’t know the telephone number, _______ ________________________________


6. The neighbours have said they would take care of the dog while we are away.

look

The neighbours ____________________________________________________________

7. I read the catalogue quickly but I didn’t see anything that caught my eye.

looked

I ________________________________________________________________________


8. I’m really excited about seeing her after all this time.

looking

I’m ______________________________________________________________________



Dominic Streames efltheatreclub.co.uk © 2011


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