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Look, Search, Seek

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Certain words in English are so alike that they confuse even native English speakers. Words like their and there for instance are often confused. The Activities here look in detail at some of the most common confusable words and give you plenty of explanation into how to use them correctly as well as plenty of exercises to help you avoid making mistakes in the future. 

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The three verbs, look, search, and seek, are very similar but are used in different situations. In this lesson, I will first look at how the verbs are used, then we will see some examples of usage, then I will give you some exercises to help you learn, remember, and use the three verbs correctly. If you have been searching for the way to use these three verbs, you need look no further. As we say, seek and you will find in the Britlish Library.

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The three verbs, look, search, and seek, are very similar but are used in different situations. In this lesson, I will first look at how the verbs are used. Then I will give you some exercises to help you learn, remember, and use the three verbs correctly. First, we’ll take a look at the basic differences between the three verbs. Look Of the three verbs, look is the most commonly used and the least formal. To look is to try to find someone or something. Look is most commonly used with the preposition for. The idea behind this verb is that you are looking for something you have lost. Look is a regular verb: look, looked, looked. Look can be used as a noun, too. Search When you are searching, you are trying to find something with more care and with more urgency than if you are just looking. Like look, search is usually used with the preposition for. Search is a regular verb: search, searched, searched. Search can also be used as a noun. Seek is a formal synonym for look and search. Seek is often used poetically when talking about things that are not physical or tangible. Seek is also used in legal of very formal situations. Seek is an irregular verb: seek, sought, sought. Seek is not used as a noun, except as the gerund, seeker. Expressions with Look We’re looking for a short cut. Look for somebody. I’m looking for John. Have you seen him? I’m looking for my keys. I’ve lost them. Can you help me look for some furniture for the office? If you want to see where the problem lies, look in the mirror. He gave me a strange look. Expressions with Search The whole world is searching for a cure. The police searched all the rooms in the house. I’ve been searching high and low for my keys. I searched her face for some sign that she recognised me. Where are your keys? Search me! The search was called off when it got dark. Expressions with Seek and you shall find. You should seek approval from the courts. They sought him in vain. Thousands of immigrants are seeking political asylum. The platoon was on a seek and destroy mission. I am a seeker after the truth.

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