10 Phrasal Verbs with CHECK: check in, check out, check for...
by Super User, 5 years ago
And I'm back with the torture of phrasal verbs. I know everyone hates phrasal verbs; I hate them, too, because there're so many of them. They're confusing, but cool; I'm going to teach them to you. My name's Ronnie, and I am going to make you check out this lesson. So, today's lesson is phrasal verbs of "check".
So, we have, first of all, the construction of a phrasal verb. A phrasal verb is a verb with a preposition, or two prepositions just to make it fancy. A preposition you think of as placement; up, out, in, for, off, into, blah, blah, blah. So, these are what make English very confusing, and people look at the sky, like: "Check up. Why am I up? No. Down. No."
So, if you... For example, if you "check up on someone", this means that you want to make sure that they are okay or that they're not doing something bad. So, you will hear this a lot in movies where the teenager will say: "Mom, are you checking up on me"? "Mom, are you checking up on me?" this means someone is concerned about what you are doing. Like I said, maybe you're doing something bad or maybe you're sick, so someone will come check up on you to make sure you are okay. So, we have two meanings; one's good, one's bad.
If you "check out"... You maybe have heard this in a hotel; you might see: "Check-out time". But, as a phrasal verb, "check out" means you physically leave the hotel. Also, if you go shopping and you're ready to pay for something, you can check out, which means you pay at a store. In a supermarket, there's a check-out... Check-out, girl. There's a sort of check-out area; that's a noun. So: "I'm going to check out" we can also use.
The opposite for "check out" is "check in". So, when you enter the hotel, you're going to confirm a reservation. Also, if you're going on an airplane-I want to go on an airplane-you go to the counter and you check in, so you confirm your reservation on an airplane, or you confirm or you get a hotel room.
If you "check for something", you're going to search or you're going to examine something for... To make sure it's there or not there. A common problem we have with children around the world... I remember when I was in elementary school, we all had to get checked for lice. Lice are little bugs that live in people's hair. So, we had to get checked, so: "We checked for lice." So, the nurse came in and looked at everyone's head, made sure you had no bugs roaming around. I didn't have lice. Yes. Cool. Have you ever had lice? It's cool; you just get some shampoo; everything's good. Don't tell anyone. It's kind of... Maybe you won't have any friends if you have lice. So, we checked for lice.
"Check off" is, like, a checkmark. So, a checkmark is this, and you check something off a list. So, you can make... For example: "I checked off another point on my list." Maybe you have a bucket list. A bucket list are... Is a list of things you would like to do, like: "I want to skydive." So, you skydive, you come back, and you... You check off skydiving on your list. Have you gone skydiving before? I haven't. I'd like to.
We can also "check into"-which is different from "check in"-a hospital. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: "Ronnie, why do we check in on an airplane, but we check into a hospital?" I don't know. Okay? I didn't make these stupid phrasal verbs; I'm just teaching them to you, so I don't know. Maybe get in your time machine, go back in time and change it, or ask someone in your magical time machine, because I don't know. But you check into a hotel. As an example, if you use the future: "We will check him into the hospital." Not hotel. It's certainly not a hotel.
If you check your luggage through, this sometimes can be a little bit troublesome because this is how luggage gets lost most of the time. So, imagine you are flying from destination A, then you have a stopover in destination B, and your final destination is C. So, the airline company says: "Guess what? We will check your luggage through to your final destination of C." Yay. So, you go on your merry way, you go to your transfer point in B, and by the time you get to your final destination at point C, you're waiting for your luggage.
Oh, no, you're the last person. There's no luggage. […]
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