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    Question Look for VS Look up

    Hi there! I can't realize the difference between "Look for" with "Look up", Could you give me an explanation, please?

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    Re: Look for VS Look up

    Let's consider 'look for' first.

    Please write a complete sentence showing us how you think 'look for' may be used.

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    Re: Look for VS Look up

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali1002 View Post
    Hi there! I can't realize tell/understand the difference between "look for" with and "​look up". Could you give me an explanation, please?
    Note my corrections above. We look forward to seeing your example sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Look for VS Look up

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above. We look forward to seeing your example sentence.
    Thanks for editing! For example in this sentence, "I'll go to D,C and look for/up my friend".

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    Re: Look for VS Look up

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali1002 View Post
    Thanks for editing! For example in this sentence, "I'll go to DC (no comma) and look for/up my friend." [The period ("full stop" in British English)
    ends the quoted sentence, so it should go inside the quotation marks.]
    In this sentence, look for means to search. You probably don't know where your friend lives or how to find that information. This is a much less likely situation nowadays than it would have been before the web and social media made it so easy to find most people.

    By contrast, look up means you have contact information and you're planning to contact your friend and get together.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 21-Oct-2017 at 15:27. Reason: Change parentheses to square brackets.
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