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    Usage of 'look up from book'

    I was reading book when John called me. I looked up from my book at him and asked what he wanted.

    Is the usage look up from book fine here?

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    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    - perfect. You look up from a book if your attention changes away from the book; you can also look up something in a book, which is something else entirely - as you no doubt know.

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    #3

    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    You can just write "look it up" and it's understood to be a book or book-like authority.

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    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    My response misled K. If you 'look up from your book' to turn your attention to something else, that's fine; you could also just 'look up', or even 'put your book down/aside' or even 'close your book' (which implies a change of attention without specifying anything about eye movements!)

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    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    I misread it too... no coffee this morning.... BobK's latest at 9:04 is what we should regard as the definitive answer here!

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    #6

    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    Thanks a lot, BobK and konungursvia!

    BobK!

    I know what look up something in a book means. Also, can I say look it up on the Internet or look it up in the files?


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    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    Amazon.co.jp: Internet in an Hour: Health & Medical Resources (Internet in an hour): Stuart Goltzman, Don Mayo, Kathy Berkemeyer: 洋書
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    Is there something wrong with you? Just look it up on the Internet. From nose blowing to athlete's foot, we'll show you how to fix it.


    I hope this helps.

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    Re: Usage of 'look up from book'

    'On the Internet' is commonly used (by people who mean 'in a source found by means of the World Wide Web, which runs over the Internet'); but I'm not one to quibble!

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