I'll look after the problem

tigerduck

Senior Member
German / Switzerland
Hello

Before a doctor starts examining a patient, he might say I'll have a look at the problem.

My questions are whether he could also say:
a) I'll look at the problem.
b) I'll look after the problem.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I don't think a British doctor would say "the problem": he/she would be more likely to say "it" (referring to the rash, the sore throat or whatever symptoms you had).

    But (a) and (b) are different:
    (a) = I'll examine you.
    (b) = I'll treat you (and hopefully cure you). :)
     
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