All Phrasal Verbs are idiomatic. Their meaning isn’t true in the dictionary. The Phrasal Verb “look through” is no different.
By saying “look through the junk drawer,” the speaker is telling the listener to search for something. This differs from “look through a telescope,” a Declarative that commands the listener to look at the stars.
And so, to “ Look through the junk and find a treasure map” commands that the listener search through the batteries, receipts, and other things that one stores in a junk drawer in hopes of finding a treasure map.
The Imperative is used to command, request, or forbid (tell others not to do things that may harm them). But, Imperative Sentences don’t come across all that polite. In fact, Imperative Sentences can sometimes be seen as rude by the listener.
Meaning of Polite Imperative:
However, the speaker can use “please” to form a Polite Imperative.
To form a Polite Imperative, place the word “please” at the beginning or end of a sentence. For example, a speaker may say:
Please turn down the radio
The above sentence is a polite way to request the listener to lower the radio’s volume. The speaker may also say:
“Please turn down the radio.”
Both Polite Imperative Sentences are correct. And, both mean the same thing.
A phrasal verb, such as “get away”, contains two or more words, a verb along with other elements of language. While listening to a native English speaker, you will encounter one of these three Phrasal Verb linguistic structures (word orders):
Verb + Adverb (eg break down)
Verb + Preposition (eg see to)
Verb + Adverb + Preposition (eg look down on)
The Adverbs related to these structures (syntaxes) are referred to as Adverbs of Manner. They are always placed after the Verb.
A few common examples of the Adverb + Verb structure are speaking softly, did well, and get away (the subject of today’s lesson).
A phrasal verb, such as to ‘get up’, contains two or more words, a verb along with other elements of language. While listening to a native English speaker, you will encounter one of these three Phrasal Verb linguistic structures (word orders):
Verb + Adverb (example: break down)
Verb + Preposition (example: see to)
Verb + Adverb + Preposition (example look down on)