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Phrasal Verbs

refer to (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb refer to (1)


to look at something like a book, a map, or a website, in order to get information about something

For example

  • refer to sb/sth She had to refer to her notes quite often because she hadn't memorized the speech.

  • refer to sb/sth You can refer to books or other information sources in your essay, but you must cite each reference you have used.

Nouns often used as objects with refer to (1): notes, book, journal, article, source, map, website, dictionary

Quick Quiz

Before she could tell us how many states there are in India, our teacher had to refer to

a. India's fascinating history

b. Indian music and dance

c. her notes on India

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