There are so many wonderful Phrasal Verbs out there. Today I will focus on a couple that contain the word ‘after’.
Feel free to also have a look at this great Stream by Alex that explains some of them brilliantly.
To chase after someone means to run after or follow them quickly in order to reach or catch them.
“The police chased after the robber.”
To call someone by the same name as another person.
At birth, you might’ve been given the same name as your father/mother, grandfather/grandmother or even great grandfather/great grandmother. You were named after this family member.
“I have been named after my father.”
Have you ever been asked by a friend to keep an eye on their pet, plant or house while they are going away on holiday? You have done them a favour by LOOKING AFTER their prized possessions.
“This summer, I will be looking after my friends house. She is traveling to Greece.”
To ask after someone means that you want to find out how they are doing. Your boss might request that you ask after a colleague to get an update on their recovery after surgery.
“Sarah, could you please ask after Tom. I hear he had an accident at football yesterday.”
When speaking to close friends, you could also ask after people you might not have seen in a while.
“After shopping, Kate asked after Sarah. Apparently they have not spoken in six months.”
To come after someone means that you try to find or catch them, usually in order to harm or punish them.
“If I don’t pay my taxes, the FBI might come after me.”
Whether you are physically running after someone, or battling to get information and constantly having to ask, running after someone is never fun!
“I always have to run after my technician to ask for help with my computer.”
RUN AROUND AFTER
This can be used in the same way as we would use ‘run after’. The only difference is that ‘run around after’ refers to doing a lot of things for somebody else even though that person should be able to do it themselves.
“Susan always has to run around after her 17 year old and make sure his homework is done. She also cleans up his room and does his laundry.”
To resemble an older family member both in appearance or character.
“My mom always says that I have my dad’s eyes, but her personality.”
Are there any other phrasal verbs containing “after” that you can think of?
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