1. Look After
When you care about something or someone, you want to make sure it is safe. You can say that you want to look after your favourite guitar or your little brother.
e.g. I love my little brother and I always look after him when we are in the city.
e.g. My father gave me his car and made me promise that I would look after it.
e.g. I can’t come to the part tonight because I have to stay at home and look after my little sister.
2. Look Away
When something is really bad and you don’t want to see it, you “look away”. It is the opposite of “look at”.
e.g. There was a terrible accident on the motorway today. I had to look away because there was blood everywhere.
e.g. I’m going to kiss my girlfriend now, I suggest you look away!
e.g. Juan is very shy and timid, he always look away when you talk to him. He can’t maintain eye contact.
3. Look For
You look for things or people. If you need to find a friend at a party, you can say that you need to look for your friend.
e.g. Will you help me look for Juan? I have lost him!
e.g. I am looking for a new car. My old car is broken.
4. Look Into
When you need to find out more about something, or learn more about it, you can say that you need to look into it. It’s like an investigation.
e.g. I think my accountant is taking too much of my money. I need to look into it and make sure he is not taking my money!
e.g. I’m really interested in going to France. I need to look into some flights for this summer.
e.g. I promised my mother that I would look into a new university course. She wants me to get a better job and she thinks I need to get a degree.
5. Look Out
Sometimes you need to be very careful in a situation. You can say that you need to look out for trouble.
e.g. Look out, be careful! There is a lion running towards us!
e.g. Oh no, look out! The boss is in the office today! Be careful!