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A silly question


A silly question
Hi, friends : I hope you are enjoying your summer . I have this silly question : When you want to check a word in the dictionary ,  because you are not sure about the spelling , the meaning .... would it be correct to use " check up" , too ?  Thanks for your comments in advance ! 

12 Jul 2015      


Hi Florimago!
Take a look at this definition of the word "check":  http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/check_1

12 Jul 2015     

United States

I don t think it s possible to have a silly question in a foreign language (and often even in your own language).

No, "check up" doesn t work. Ascincoquinas s link shows you how that phrase is used, as well as most other phrasal verbs with "check". You could say "I need to check this word out in the dictionary", meaning that you are investigating it, as your question is suggesting. If you are very uncertain about it, you might say, "I will check on it in my dictionary".


12 Jul 2015     


thank you very much ascincoquinas and Bruce for your help ! 

12 Jul 2015     

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but you could say, I m going to look up the meaning in my dictionary or indeed , I m going to look the meaning up in my dictionary .

12 Jul 2015