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    look through - separable or not

    Hello again
    Can't find 'look through' in your phrasal verbs list...
    Is it separable or inseparable?

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    Re: look through - separable or not

    Inseparable. Example:
    Please look through the dictionary for me and see if you can find it.
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    Re: look through - separable or not

    Separable does not really apply to English verbs. This expression is always two words followed by the object of "through" (for example "the book" or "the window"). Separable and inseparable verbs are more often associated with the German language than with English. For example, "aufsehen" is a separable German verb, and becomes "Er sah nicht auf" in a sentence.

    There is a noun not often used, "lookthrough," but it is slang and should not be considered.
    Last edited by cclaff; 13-Jan-2008 at 22:32.

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    Re: look through - separable or not

    Many English verbs are not only separable but are usually (if not always) used that way. On the other hand, many English verbs are usually (if not always) inseparable.

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