It’s September. Summer vacation is over, so I’m back. Did you have a nice August? Mine was very hot and boring. Nothing special, just a few trips to Oga, and some cycling. I hope next summer is better . . . will we finally be free of Covid 19?
Recently, I’ve been talking about “phrasal verbs” in some of my classes. A simple verb can have a completely different meaning when used in a phrase with other words. The first two are:
Look after and take after.
To look after something means to take care of it. Here are 5 sentences.
- Who is looking after your dog while you are in Europe?
- Living in Japan, I’m unable to look after my mother in her old age, luckily I have 9 brothers and sisters close by.
- A big problem in Akita is that many older people have no one to look after them.
- Who will look after Japan when Prime Minister Abe retires?
- My house is being looked after by my neighbor while we are away.
Take after means to resemble (look like) someone in physical or character traits.
- Who do you take after. your father or your mother?
- I used to take after my mother, recently I have begun to take after my father.
- Unfortunately, President Trump’s children all seem to take after their father.
- Your chin really takes after your Aunt’s!
- I’m surprised to see that even dogs seem to take after their owners.
Here is a picture I recently found of my Mother and Father’s wedding. Who do you think I take after?