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Do You Know the Differences Between Look, Watch, and See?




See, Look at, Watch


See

When you see someone or something, you become aware of them by using your eyes. "See" is used to say that an image comes into our eyes. You do not use a preposition or an adverb with the verb “see.”
  • I can see you!
  • He opened his blue eyes and saw her.

"See" can also mean to understand
  • She didn't see the joke.
  • I see what you're saying.

Look

When you look at someone or something, you turn your eyes towards them. In other words, you make a conscious effort to see someone or something. “Look” is often followed by an adverb or preposition.
  • Ann looked at me and smiled. (Ann concentrated her eyes on me…)
  • Look! It's snowing!

Watch

“Watch” is like “look”, but needs focus and concentration. If you watch someone or something, you look at them, usually for a period of time, and pay attention to what is happening. “Watch” is used when things are changing or moving.
  • We were all watching the game.
See/Look/Watch Quiz

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