look into: meaning and explanation

to look into sth = to investigate sth.

When you look into something (such as a crime, a problem or the possibility of something) you are trying to discover or find out more information about it.

For example, before making a big purchase (such as a car), you probably spend some time looking into the advantages and disadvantages of different models, or how much different cars cost.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Scotland

the receptionist and she into .
I to the receptionist the noise and she to look into .

…she promised to look into it

Notice the important verb pattern to promise to do something, e.g. She promised to tidy her room but she obviously couldn’t be bothered.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Are you investigating or researching anything at the moment?
  • Is there anything strange or unexplained that you think should be looked into?

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