Learning phrasal verbs is extremely useful if you are trying to increase your fluency in English. Native English speakers use them dozens, maybe hundreds of times a day. What makes them so difficult is the fact that a phrasal verb may have synonym you know, but the phrasal verb often has a much more limited and specific meaning than its synonym. Also, one phrasal verb might have one, two, three, or more completely different meanings.
For example, many people know that when we go to a store and we are ready to buy our items, we go to the cashier to check out. We also check out when we are leaving a hotel. When borrowing books from the library, we check them out. However, probably the most common use of check out is when we make a note of something interesting or talk about investigating something new to find out what it is like or what it has to offer. We often use it when making recommendations or telling someone to look at (or hear about) something interesting.
Examples: (investigate, recommend to see or find out about something)
You should check out that movie; it’s great!
When you have time, check out that website; I think you will find it helpful.
The new Indian restaurant that opened downtown is supposed to be great. We should really check it out.
Examples: (see or hear about something interesting)
Check out the manager’s new car! It must have cost a fortune. I guess we know why there was no money for our raises!
Check this out! I just saw a story on the news about a scandal at our company, and several people in upper management are going to be fired!
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