Key word: look
1 Verb + look (appearance)
Use the correct form of these verbs:
give have like
see spoil tell
- You should have _________ the look on her face when I told her I was leaving – it was priceless!
- Did you see the frosty look old Mr Donaldson _________ me? He’s obviously angry with me for some reason.
- We could _________ by the look on her face that something terrible had happened.
- If you ask me, the pink doors _________ the look of the house. They look ridiculous.
- We shouldn’t judge people by their appearance, but I don’t_________ the look of that guy one bit.
- I don’t know what Jim does, but he _________ the look of an accountant or bank manager.
2 Adjective collocations (act of looking)
Match the two halves of these situations:
- Take a close look at this picture
- I wonder if I could have a quick look at
- I think we need to take a completely fresh look at the problem.
- This morning’s programme takes a light-hearted look at the world of acting.
- He took a long, lingering look at his old home
- The book takes a critical look at
- I’ve only had the chance to have a cursory look over the papers,
- I think you need to take a long, hard look at yourself.
a modem politics in South Africa.
b and see if you recognise anyone.
c so I can’t say I fully understand the problem.
d your newspaper, please?
e This discussion is getting us nowhere.
f It promises to be very amusing.
g before setting off for the airport and a new life in New Zealand.
h You’re becoming become selfish and self-centred.
Now go back and underline all the adjective + look collocations. The first one is done for you.
3 Verb + look
Use the correct form of these verbs:
get have sneak take
- I’ve_________ another look for my watch, but I still can’t find it anywhere!
- Our daughter _________ one look at the doctor’s needle and fainted there and then!
- We were standing at the back, so we pushed our way to the front of the crowd to_________ a better look at the carnival as it passed.
- I have to confess that I _________ a look at her private diary when she was out of the room. I couldn’t believe what I read.
4 Adjective collocations (appearance)
Use these adjectives in the sentences:
curious distant filthy
vacant hurt wild
- There was a _________ look in her eyes – her mind was obviously on something else.
- Do you remember a boy in our class at primary school? His name was Dave Smithers. He wasn’t very bright and always had a _________ look in his eyes as if nobody was there!
- The stranger had a _________ look in her eyes. It was hard to tell if she was frightened or simply crazy.
- Why did you give me such a_________ look during the meeting? It wasn’t you I was criticising!
- We just couldn’t stop laughing. That’s why we were getting such _________looks from passers-by!
- Why have you got such a_________ look on your face? You look as though someone has just criticised you.
In 2-1 a ‘good look’ is also possible.
In 4-4 ‘dirty’ is also possible.
2. Notice these expressions:
Do you mind if I take a look around?
He put on weight and started to lose his looks. Mary has her father’s good looks.
Ex 1: l. seen 2.gave 3. tell 4. spoil 5. like 6. has
Ex 2: l-b 2-d 3-e 4-f 5-g 6-a 7-c 8-h
Ex 3: l. had 2. took 3. get 4. sneaked
Ex 4: 1. distant 2. vacant 3. wild 4. filthy 5. curious 6. hurt
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