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    #1

    look for/up

    Before the trip, I had been to the library to ____ some more information about the Australian salute, but I couldn't find out anything.
    (A) look after (B) look up (C) look down (D) look for

    The above is a cloze question quoted from a book published in Taiwan. Its answer is option D. Is option B aslo acceptable?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: look for/up

    Yes, it is.

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    #3

    Re: look for/up

    It's an example of a question where the person who wrote it hadn't thought through all the other possibilities.
    Last edited by Tdol; 18-Apr-2016 at 16:25. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: look for/up

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's an example of a question where the person who wrote is hadn't thought through all the other possibilities.
    With all due respect, this context, without punctuation, seems a bit confusing to me.

    I am not an English teacher.
    Last edited by Babarbutt; 18-Mar-2016 at 16:33.

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    #5

    Re: look for/up

    Quote Originally Posted by Babarbutt View Post
    With all due respect, this context, without punctuation, seems a bit confusing to me.
    There's a typo. 'is' should be 'it'.

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    #6

    Re: look for/up

    The way I deal with multiple choice questions is to decide what the answer should be and then look at the choices. In this case "look up" is my first choice, but "look for" is acceptable.

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    #7

    Re: look for/up

    I do that too, and answered the opposite. He was going to look for more information.

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    #8

    Re: look for/up

    I agree.

    To me, if you 'look for' some more information you might not find it, but if you 'look up' some more information you expect it to be there.
    I am not a teacher

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    #9

    Re: look for/up

    T would also go with "up".

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    #10

    Re: look for/up

    I would use "look for" in that context. I "look up" words or topics in a specific book (ie "to look up a word in a dictionary") or on a specific website ("I looked it up on Google") but if I were simply visiting a library or a bookshop without any real idea of which book I would need, I would be looking for information.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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