Look after

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Type: Phrasal Verbs
Originally published on March 8, 2023 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Conversation questions related to the phrasal verb “look after” are excellent for English learners because they allow them to practice using and understanding the phrasal verb in context. By discussing different scenarios that involve looking after people or things, learners can improve their vocabulary, grammar, and fluency in English.

Conversation practice around phrasal verbs like “look after” can also help learners develop their communication skills, as they will need to express their ideas clearly and effectively. Additionally, conversation questions related to this phrasal verb can prompt learners to think critically and creatively, as they consider different ways to approach caring for someone or something.

Review the meaning of the phrasal verb with your students first to make sure they understand how to use it correctly, and then go through the different conversation questions. Ask them to try and include the phrasal verb naturally in their answers.

Definition and Examples

“Look after” is a phrasal verb that means to take care of or to attend to something or someone. It can be used to describe the act of taking care of a person, animal, or thing, or it can be used to describe the act of overseeing or supervising someone or something.

“I’m looking after my little brother while my parents are out”.
“Can you look after the cat while I’m away?.”
“I need to look after my garden and water the plants every day”.
“I have to look after the finances for the company”.

Conversation Questions

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  • Who do you usually look after when you're at home?
  • Do you have any pets to look after?
  • Do you like looking after children? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever had to look after someone or something for a long period of time?
  • What do you think is the most important thing to consider when looking after someone or something?
  • How do you look after your health?
  • Who do you think should be responsible for looking after elderly relatives?
  • Do you think it's important for people to be able to look after themselves?
  • Have you ever had to look after something that was really valuable or important?
  • How do you feel when someone asks you to look after something?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.