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 these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Scotland

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the receptionist and she into .

About the sentence

…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.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: England (RP)

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Micro-listening #3

Accent: Australia

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Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • 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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