Check Someone Out / Check Something Out



How many times have you heard someone say: Hey, check it out! And you didn’t know what it meant. In today’s episode I explain what it means to Check Something Out and what it means to Check Someone out. You will also learn 2 English expressions: To tie the knot and to fall head over heels with someone. Enjoy :)

Episodes mentioned

[170] To Ask Someone Out on a Date (Love, Dating Part 1)


Bon jour mon amis, you are listening to the English made simple show, this is episode number 171, number one hundred and seventy one, numero ciento setenta y uno.

Welcome to another episode of the English Made Simple show this is Milena speaking from sunny Adelaide in Australia, I know… it’s just too hot here, I miss Melbourne weather.

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Today’s episode is Part 2 of the last week’s episode. We are going to learn more new vocabulary related to love and dating. If you are new to the show, I would recommend you check out the last episode, number 170 – Love Dating and Relationships.

Love is in the air this month haha

But first things first: How’s it going muchachos and muchachas? I hope you found yesterday’s episode useful. I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with too much information. I tend to do that nowadays.

I will try to keep today’s episode short and to the point.

Today we are going to learn all the possible phrasal verbs related to the verb-preposition combination – Check and out.

The verb CHECK and preposition OUT.

We are also going to learn some more vocabulary related to love, dating and relationships. So stay tuned!

Righto, let’s begin today’s episode with phrasal verb to Check Someone Out and Check Something out.

Listen up amigos y amigas, you should all pay attention to this phrasal verb because you will hear it everywhere you go, and you will see it written anywhere… it could be in an article or on my website as well.

You might have heard me say, Go check it out! Check out my website!

What does it mean to check something out? Let’s do this one first.

By the way, to check is a regular verb, past tense is CHECKED and participle is CHECKED.

To check something out means to look at something – to inspect it, to take notice of something and decide if you like it. I am sure I used this phrasal verb before in one of my earlier episodes, however that’s now long time ago, so it’s fine to go through this one again ok?

So let me give you an example:

There is a new restaurant that’s opened in my neighbourhood. It’s a Japanese restaurant. So I went there to check it out. I wanted to see what kind of food they have, what’s the atmosphere like and so on.

Another example I could give you, if you are out with friends and I don’t know… a group of girlfriends. Then you see another girl wearing bright red shoes. And you say to one of your friends, hey, check out her shoes.

This statement doesn’t mean that the shoes are nice or they are ugly.

It just means hey, look at her shoes.

Your friend might say in a disapproving sort of voice, ‘oh those shoes’ – those shoes are so last month.

That friend of yours sounds like they’d been watching too much of Gossip Girl – it’s currently on Netflix, if you are into fashion and awkward teenage experiences, you should check it out.

Or your friend might say something along the lines of: Wow cool shoes!

So I hope this made sense.

To check something out.

There is another meaning to this particular phrasal verb – to check something out.

So let me bring Weon Inteligente to the show, because he is all so proper – let’s ask him to tell us what the other definition is…

According to Weon Inteligente or the Online Dictionary, to check something out means to examine someone or something in order to be certain that everything is correct, satisfactory or true.

An example:

* I’ve seen an ad (a commercial) on TV, (an advertisement) there is a new Lenovo laptop out so I went to the shop to check it out.

Another example

* My husband has been complaining to me about feeling unwell, so I told him to go to the doctor to get himself checked out.

Oki doki… now that is crystal clear – I assume you are able to follow me so far…

Let’s now see what, to check someone out means…

To check a person out.

What do you think it means?

It means to look at someone, to look at a person and decide if you like that person. You look at the person to form an opinion. You might check someone to see if you like them physically. You want to see if they are good looking. Are they handsome?

The word handsome is used to describe a guy who is a good looking guy.

This phrasal verb can be used for guys and girls. But it’s best to use it when you are surrounded by your friends or people you know very well.

So, you could tell your friends – a group of girls – for example

Check out that hot guy on the motorcycle. – Just means, hey ladies look at that handsome guy on the motorcycle.
If you are with a group of guy friends, you could sya:

Check out my new girlfriend, what do you think?

This is just an example amigos y amigas.

To Check someone out is mostly used amongst friends. Great!

I normally use CHECK SOMETHING OUT – it’s something I would use very often.

I bought a new microphone so I can record a high quality audio, I will post a photo on Instagram and my Facebook page, so you can check it out. Ok?

See how I used it in a sentence?

Cool bananas!

And let’s finish today’s show with a couple of English expressions which will conclude Part 2 of our Love, Dating and Relationship series.

Let me ask you this question:

Do you know what it means…To tie the knot?

John and Alicia fell in love and 2 years later they tied the knot. This means, they got married!

We spell knot with a silent K. KNOT….

And another expression I’d like to share with you today is:

As soon as they started dating, John and Alicia fell head over heels in love with each other.

Just means they are started to love each other very much.

And there we are amigos y amigas, with this, I conclude today’s show.

So today, I wanted you to learn about the phrasal verb CHECK SOMETHING OUT and CHECK SOMEONE OUT.

And we also learnt 2 Expressions: To Tie the knot and to fall head over heels in love over someone.

These 2 expression are a bit advanced, maybe the advanced learners will understand these 2 love expressions.

Remember amigos y amigos, you can find the transcripts to this episode on my website, While you are in there, you can also find details on how we can work together.

Thank you for listening to yet another awesome episode of the English Made Simple show, you’ve been an amazing audience, and you’ve been jamming with Milena from English Made Simple. Have a great rest of the week. Until next time. Hasta la proxima!

Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host at English Made Simple Podcast


Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

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