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Phrasal verb: look #1 (permalink) Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:33 am   Phrasal verb: look
 

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ESL/EFL Test #195 "Phrasal Verbs (L)", question 9

Before Sheila died from a long cancer battle, she asked her sister to ......... her children.

(a) look down
(b) look over
(c) look in

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #195 "Phrasal Verbs (L)", answer 9

Before Sheila died from a long cancer battle, she asked her sister to look over her children.

Correct answer: (b) look over

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Hi,

Look over seems to be the only choice among the three but I feel it still weird in the context. Should it have been 'look after'?

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Phrasal verb: look #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:38 am   Phrasal verb: look
 

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Oh, dear. I hadn't seen this test question before. :shock:
You are right, Haihao. There isn't any correct choice given. 'Look after' would be an appropriate phrasal verb here.

The wording could also use some improvement:

Before Sheila died from a long cancer battle, she asked her sister to look after her children.

Amy

Torsten, the red part also needs improvement.

- die from/of cancer
- battle with cancer

(But normally a person dies of cancer, not from the battle with it)
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Long cancer battles #3 (permalink) Wed Dec 06, 2006 17:25 pm   Long cancer battles
 

Hello,
As far as the sentence, I think it's OK because people die from battles all the time. Battle, in this context, is referring to the long, arduous process which eventually took her life. So, it's implied that, of course, the cancer took her life but that also, of course, she battled with it and then lost the battle.
As far as the 'look over' portion, I have heard that phrasal verb used many times before. It's especially used when speaking about children and taking care of them. I believe it's an American phrasal verb. People 'look over' or 'look after' children all the time.
For example, "Will you look over my young children when I'm gone?" I don't see the problem because I've heard it many times before and grammatically, it's like many other phrasal verbs such as 'look after,' for example.
I'm sorry if this caused any confusion.
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Phrasal verb: look #4 (permalink) Wed Dec 06, 2006 19:00 pm   Phrasal verb: look
 

Hi Haihao,

You might care to look at a piece I've written for the site using 'look' as a phrasal verb:

Phrasal verb look
http://www.english-test.net/lessons/14/index.html

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Look #5 (permalink) Wed Dec 06, 2006 19:03 pm   Look
 

Hi,

I think I'd prefer something like 'battle with cancer as an expression' also and to me 'look over' usually means 'check' as in: I've written a reply but I'm not sure it's good enough so would you care to look over it for me?

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