Phrasal Verb Watch Out For: Learn how to use it!

December 13, 2017 - Priscila Pereira

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How are you doing?

This is a new phrasal verb post! I hope you enjoy it. As usual, I will give you the most popular meanings of today’s phrasal verb. Today you will learn all about the phrasal verb “watch out for”. Yep! Watch out for is a very popular phrasal verb. In this post, I will show the two most popular uses of this phrasal verb.


You probably know the verb “watch”, don’t you? we usually use this verb to talk about movies we “see” (watch), TV, etc. But today, let’s learn new stuff, shall we?

here we go!

  1. You can use this phrasal verb in the imperative form. In this case, you will not always need the preposition for. You will only use “watch out”. What does it mean? Be careful! So you will tell someone to be careful, probably because there is a sign of danger or because someone needs to be alert! Depending on the situation, it is not a risk or danger to your life, but it is something that you need to be careful about.


Example 01:  Watch out! The road is rather slippery. It’s been raining a lot lately. Drive slowly.

In this case, I am telling someone to “be careful” “to be alert”, because the road (the person is probably driving) is slippery. Then I continue and explain that is happening because of the rain. Whenever it rains, the roads get very slippery, so it is important to drive carefully and slowly

Example 02: Watch out for snakes, Peter!! This forest is very dangerous.

In this case, I am telling Peter to be careful, because of snakes! Then I continue and explain that forest is very dangerous (not safe)

Example 03:  Watch out! You are going to hit the car!

In this case, I am telling someone to “be careful” otherwise they will hit the car

Example 04:  Watch out for discounts scam. They are very common during this time of the year.

In this case, I am telling you to be careful, to stay alert and pay attention to the “discount” deals, you know, those perfect deals with 99% discount? Watch out for them! Be careful, they could be a scam, a fraud.


  1. You can also watch out for someone. In this case, you need to make sure this person is safe and nothing happens to them. You will basically “take care of this person” and guarantee this person is safe and sound. Check out the examples below:


Example 01:  My brother has always watched out for me!

In this example, I am talking about my brother who always “protected” me, who always made sure I was safe!

 Example 02:  The doctors told me to watch out for my mom and make sure she gets all her meds on time.

In this case, the doctors told me to take good care of my mom, to make sure she is ok and remember to give her medication on time.


There you go, now you know another phrasal verb! How about spreading the word? By sharing this post, you are helping other people learn about this phrasal verb!


Thank you so much!

teacher Prix

Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

One thought on “Phrasal Verb Watch Out For: Learn how to use it!

  • Wilson Sales

    January 10, 2018 at 23:24

    Thank you teacher, very good.

    I would like to study with you.

    When you get this message, please answer my email and send me more information about your classes.



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