Phrasal Verbs – READ

Read off, read into, read over/through, read for, read up, read back. Follow the list for expressions and examples;


Read sth. off :

to read sth.  aloud from a list:

  • The teacher read off questions and the children wrote them down in their notebooks.
  • I read the number off the cargo.
  • Could you read off the last four digits of the credit card again.
  • As I read your name off, please come up to the stage and get your prize.
  • When your name has been read off, get your bag and come to my side.

to read some information that is printed or displayed on something:

  • Baby’s mother looked at the thermometer and read the temperature off.
  • The nurse read off patient’s temperature from the thermometer.

Read ( sth) back:

to read some information back or again to the person who has just given it.

  • Yes, I have written the mobile phone number down. Let me read it back to you to make sure I have it right.
  • Could you read back my son’s letter to me.
  • My friend asked me to read back what I’d written.
  • Can you read the last part of the article back to me.
  • Please, read the last part back to us because your friends didn’t catch it.


Read into :

to believe that an action, remark, or situation has a particular importance or meaning, often when this is not true

  • Don’t read too much into his leaving so suddenly-He probably just had a bus to catch.
  • That sentence means exactly what it says. Don’t try to read anything else into it.
  • We are not reading too much into your comments.
  • Everyone can read anything they want to into my behaviours but the truth is really different.


Read over/through:

to read something quickly from the beginning to the end

  • If you have a chance, do you read your exam paper over before giving it to the teacher.
  • Hirers should read over the contract before signing it.
  • The teacher read each student exam paper over and marked all mistakes with a red pen.
  • We read your proposal through along with the committee yesterday and we decided to accept your proposal.
  • Always read over your homework when you have finished. This will make you more successful.


Read for sth:

to study for sth.

  • They are in the library reading for their exams next week.

to read, looking especially for something, such as errors, clarity, etc.

  • The teacher read her students’s essay for spelling and grammer errors.
  • If writers hire an assistant to read for the mistakes, this is better fort hem.

Read up on:

to spend time reading in order to find out information about something

  • We read up on the places to visit before we  travel.
  • She have been reading up on the World War 2.
  • I have to read up on a company before going for an interview.
  • It is a good idea to read up on the subjects before the examination.