In this video we show you the 4 main ways to use the verb Look. Many English students make mistakes when trying to use this tricky verb. Watch Tom , Yana, and Jay as they teach you how to use Look in everyday conversations.

Tom and the Psychiatrist


Look, you’ve got to stop whining. No wonder your wife left you.I’m paying you to help me, not attack me. You look pathetic.

Look is one of the most common words in the English language. The reason why it’s used so frequently is that it’s got more than one meaning. In today’s lesson, we’re going to look at the main uses of the word Look.

Let’s get started. Watch this scene and pay attention to the different ways the word look is used.

 t inside my house. I closed the door and I stayed in for six days. I don’t know  what’s wrong with me. Look, I’m going to show you some images. Tell me the first thing that you think of. What does this look like? I see a wolf. It looks scary. Okay. Hmm. Now, what do you see here? It looks like my face. Interesting. Look at this. What does this look like? It reminds me of a family holiday when I was a kid. It looks as if my mum has just sat in wet paint. Hmm. Look, you clearly have some issues.

Yana, Tom, and Jay guide us through the several meanings of LOOK

The first meaning of this verb is to direct your eyes in order to see something. Look at this. Notice that it is commonly used with the preposition ‘at’ if it’s followed by the object. But you can follow ‘Look’ with many prepositions that indicate a direction. So  here Jay is looking forward. Now he’s looking back. Here he’s looking up. Now down. And finally he’s looking away.  The second meaning of this verb is to appear or seem. What does this look like? I see a wolf. It looks scary. Notice that the verb look is followed directly by an adjective. Jay looks very serious. He looks cross or angry.  But when we have a noun or pronoun, we say look like. What does this look like? It looks like  my face. Jay looks like a superhero. We can also say look or looks like before a phrase. In this case, we can also use look as if or look as though. They all mean the same thing. It looks as if my mum has just sat in wet paint. Jay looks like he’s been in a fight. He looks as though he got beaten up. And finally, we also use the verb look when  we want to tell someone to be careful or pay attention. Look, you clearly have some issues. In this case, we don’t want the listener to physically look at something, but we want them to pay attention to the point we’re making. 

Quiz Time

Watch this scene and decide which form of look is correct. 

And now I don’t know if they even want me there at all. What should I do? Are you listening? Wh… What are you___ 

What are you looking at?

Look, you’ve got to stop whining. No wonder your wife left you. I’m paying you to help me, not attack me. Wipe your tears. You_____

You look pathetic.

But my life is a mess. Oh, it’s lunch time. It____ we’re done for the day. See you next week.

It looks like we’re done for the day. See you next week.

Did you get everything right? Let us know in the comments if you can think of more  ways to use the word look. This is still only a few uses of the word look. I,  you want to know more, check out our next video. We’re going to show you lots of ways to use the word in phrasal verbs. Definitely something to look forward to. Now it looks like some of  you watching this video are not subscribed. Look at your subscribe button. If you’re not  subscribed already, tap it if you want to see more Simple English Videos lessons. Oh, and follow Yana and Tom on Instagram at Study 4 English. Bye now.



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