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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #113929: Trying to find: seek- look for- search
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    Trying to find: seek- look for- search


    I)  To SEEK= to try to discover:

    1)   SEEK  is an irregular verb, which seems to be hard to remember: TO SEEK, I SOUGHT,  SOUGHT

    It's true that the language expressed with this verb is quite formal. The example will show that the checking expressed here deals with an abstract word, a value,  a real quest to reach an aim.

    -    He seeks fame and money... That's all he's interested in... 

    2)   Using a less  formal language, and for concrete objects, for a person, you should use « to look for ». 

     -      He keeps looking for his glasses, even though he has them on his nose.



     II.  TO FETCH, TO GO AND GET: is used if someone is asked to go somewhere to find someone or something.

     1) TO FETCH or, more familiar,TO GET (I GOT, GOT/GOT) (to go to a place = from the station, the school : to look into a box or a closed place= out of the fridge)

    - Mom asked Tally to go and fetch her glasses upstairs on her desk.

     - Can you get me a black pen, please? I need it to fill in this form. 

    2)   TO PICK UP is also used to go and pick up someone who's expecting you.

     -  Please, go and pick up Tommy from Betsy's. It was her birthday party.

       : TO SEARCH:  in :pgb mainly, this verb implies a thorough and careful check, a real search.

     -      The police searched the whole house for the murder weapon, but it was nowhere to be found.



    Here you are! That was brief and easy...  Now, you'll simply have to pick and choose the right word!   Good luck! 


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    1. Peter, could you go and my Mom from the airport tomorrow morning at 10.30, please?

    2. I’ve been my watch for hours and I can’t find it. I must have lost it.

    3. I’ll go to the grocery at the corner of the road and some butter… You’ve run out of it.

    4. 'Come on! Do look carefully and your bag! That key can't be lost!

    5. All he’s is your respect… You should show him some!

    6. My brother’s a cheap little flat to rent during his studies.

    7. Please, could you go and my bracelet out of my jewellery-box?

    8. I’ll go and you from school and will drive you directly to the dentist’s.

    9. Could you go and Sarah at the post office, please?

    10. So many young people are permanent jobs just now…

    11. Don’t forget to Paul from the swimming pool at the end of his swimming class… It will be dark already.

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