Learn British English Free: “look for” and “search (for)” verbs


Hello! My name is Chris. I’m an English
teacher. I make free lessons on YouTube and this is the channel is called Learn
British English Free. I publish the free lessons on Facebook – on the
British English Page. There are the addresses. Please use the captions or
subtitles for this video. It’s about grammar today – a bit of
vocabulary – verbs and phrasal verbs “look for” and “search” or “search for”
something. I want to explain the differences between these two things
because I often hear them getting confused.
I’ve written some examples in the notes below on YouTube; above on Facebook.
Please have a look if you need to. Look for and search for are the subjects for
this lesson. I wanted to start with look for as it is more natural; more common in
my opinion. The situation is that I’ve lost my car keys I might say “I can’t
find my car keys; let’s look for them.” Then we always need for with look. In
this situation, when it’s a phrasal verb, we’re looking for something – please
don’t forget for – look for. I see a friend of mine like this, I ask them “What are
you looking for?” again: “What are you looking for?” – we must use “for”. A different
way – this is not the verb or phrasal verb – use it as a noun: I can’t find my
car keys; okay, let’s have a look – this is a noun we don’t need “for” because it’s
a noun but it’s different – it’s not a verb or a phrasal verb. What about “search
for” – this is common as well but a bit more formal and
we can use it in more formal circumstances; for example – with the
police. “The police are urgently searching for the suspect.”
“The police are urgently searching for the suspect.” In this way we are using it
with for but we don’t always need for with search. “The police were
searching the area last night.” And there’s a noun – “The police conducted a
thorough search of the property.” Look for and search for – we could use look for as
a substitute – it’s a bit less formal: “The police are urgently looking for the
suspect.” It still works, it’s fine, however there
is this small difference. That’s the way that we can use these verbs differently.
Look for – more natural – I recommend using it as your number one. Search for in
particular situations but remember with search we don’t always have to use “for”
depending on the context. Thank you for watching.
That concludes this video. I’ve tried to explain look for and search or search
for with some examples. I haven’t explained everything, I know, but I hope
that some important differences are clear now. You can please write feedback
in the comments – ask me questions; tell me is it good or bad? Anything like that; you’re
welcome to. My name is Chris this is a lesson by me for Learn British English
Free on YouTube and the British English Page on Facebook and my website is
www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/ Thank you once more for your time. I have more lessons
to come soon. I’ll see you then. Bye bye.

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