|'SEE, 'LOOK(at)' and 'Watch' are verbs that we use to talk about our|
sense of sight - using our eyes. They are three closely related verbs that are easily confused. But they have important differences in meaning.
|1. SEE - we use 'see' to mean simply that an image comes into our range of vision. It may not be intentional; not deliberate. It just happened to be there in our sight.|
|EXAMPLE: 1) I saw a snake on the road as I was biking this morning.|
2) Did you see the butterfly? It almost bumped on my cheek.
3) I can see a rainbow in the sky.
|2. LOOK - this verb refers to seeing something specific; with intention.|
When we use 'look', it means we make an effort to try to see
something or someone and we can only look at it deliberately.
|EXAMPLE: 1) Look at this photo! Isn't it beautiful?|
2) Look! There's smoke on the mountain! That could be a forest fire.
3) What are you looking at? Is it a bug or a caterpillar?
|'Look' is usually used with the preposition 'at' when there is an object. When|
there's no object, there is no preposition.
|EXAMPLE: 1.a) Look at that girl. Isn't she cute?|
b) Look at the clock and tell me what time it is.
|2.a) Look over there! We're almost home!|
b) Look! It's changing colors!
~~'at' is often dropped before wh-clauses:
|EXAMPLE: a) Look(at) what you've done! You spilled the paint!|
b) Look where you're going. You'll step on my foot.
c) Look who's here! It's Mommy!
|3. WATCH - to 'watch' something means to look at it moving or|
changing. This is a verb like 'look' but requires more effort from us. There's also more attention and concentration and for a longer time than just looking. So when we 'watch' something or someone, we keep it under careful observation.
|EXAMPLE: 1)I watched the speeding car go through the traffic lights.|
2)I watched the apples falling one by one this afternoon.
3) Daddy watches the tennis match on TV on week-ends.
|4. COMPLETE EXPERIENCES: see|
|Ln general, we use 'see' to talk about public performances, play, cinema, film, etc.|
|EXAMPLE: 1) We're going to see George Clooney's latest movie at the|
2) Did you ever see Lea Salonga live on stage in N.Y.?
|5. WATCH TV --'Watch' is normally used with TV; 'watch' and 'see' are both used to talk about TV programmes and films:|
EXAMPLE:1) Don't spend too much time watching TV.
2) The kids watched/saw that on Discovery Channel last week.
|6. see if/whether|
|'See' can be followed by 'if'/'whether' in the sense of 'find out'.|
'Look' and 'watch' are not normally used in this way.
|EXAMPLE; 1) See if that costume still fits you.|
2) Let's see whether the protesters would disperse after the order is announced tonight.