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    Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    1) He laughs at me.

    2) He looks down upon me.

    In case of the above sentences, can the term 'verbal phrase' be used for group verbs 'laugh at', 'look down upon' respectively?

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    1) He laughs at me.

    2) He looks down upon on me.


    I would avoid the term 'verbal phrase' (or 'phrasal verb'). It is misleading. In your examples it is not the whole expressions "laughs at" and "looks down on" that are verbs; it is just the words "laughs" and "looks".

    "Laughs" is best called a prepositional verb, and "looks down on" a verbal idiom.
    Last edited by PaulMatthews; 25-Oct-2020 at 19:28.

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post

    2) He looks down upon on me.

    But I found that 'look down upon' and 'look down on' are equally used.

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Where?

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    I don't think so, Barman. Take a look at this:
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...20upon%3B%2Cc0

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I don't think so, Barman. Take a look at this:
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...20upon%3B%2Cc0
    I understand. But don't they have the same meaning and usage?

    Link: https://www.merriam-webster.com/thes... on or upon%29
    Last edited by Barman; 28-Oct-2020 at 15:31.

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    I understand. But don't they have the same meaning and usage?
    Look down upon would probably be understood as meaning the same as look down on. Since the former is not really used in modern English, their usage is obviously different: one is used and the other isn't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where?
    To express one's hatred of someone.

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    To express one's hatred of someone.
    Rover was asking where you "found that 'look down upon' and 'look down on' are equally used". Where did you see evidence of that?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Verbal phrase- laugh at/look down upon

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Rover was asking where you "found that 'look down upon' and 'look down on' are equally used". Where did you see evidence of that?
    I found it in the link provided in #6.

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