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    look it up/look up it

    Hi everyone!

    I have a phrasal verb "look up". I understand that it is inseparable in my example because we have "verb+preposition". I want to use a pronoun to substitute the word "Moon" in sentence N1. Is my variant N2 correct?

    1. He looked at the Moon.
    2. He looked up it. ("it" being the Moon)



    Thank you!

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    Re: look it up/look up it

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Is my variant N2 correct?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    I have a phrasal verb "look up". I understand that it is inseparable in my example because we have "verb+preposition".
    The phrasal verb look up is separable. For example:

    - She looked the word up in the dictionary.
    - She looked up the word in the dictionary.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: look it up/look up it

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I have a phrasal verb "look up". I understand that it is inseparable in my example because we have "verb+preposition". I want to use a pronoun to substitute the word "Moon" in sentence N1. Is my variant N2 correct?

    1. He looked at the Moon.
    2. He looked up it. ("it" being the Moon)



    Thank you!
    Phrasal verbs should be idioms, phrases that have meanings outside the meanings of the words.

    He looked up at the moon. (literal, not a phrasal verb)
    He looked up a word in a dictionary. (idiomatic, phrasal verb)

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