See, Look or Watch?


See

Seeing is passive. We see something without trying. As soon as we open our eyes, we see things.

So, we can say,

I smiled when I saw him.
Have you seen my phone?
She’s getting old. She can’t see very well.

Look

Looking is active. It’s intentional. We can see something even if we don’t want to, but we can only look at something deliberately.

So, we can say,

She looked at me in a strange way.
I’m looking but I can’t see anything.
He never looks at me when he talks to me.

Remember! We need to use at after look if there is an object.

look + at + object
Look at me!
Look me!
Look at that dog! It’s so cute!

Watch

Watch is also intentional, but we use it when we keep our eyes on something for a long time. We don’t use look when we talk about moving objects, we use watch instead.

For example,

We never watch TV.
I love watching the sunset.
What do you like watching on YouTube?
April 25, 2019
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Hello! I’m Sama, an ELC certified and accredited Neurolanguage coach and the founder of In English With Love. I help professionals and entrepreneurs get the fluency and confidence they need in English to build a life richer in opportunities. I've been helping professionals whose first language is not English for over ten years. From my experience, I know that the problem at this point is that your English is affecting your job prospects. You are an expert in your field and you express yourself well in your native language, but you feel limited when communicating in English. You may feel frustrated because you can’t demonstrate your expertise when speaking in English. You may stay quiet in meetings or in conversations because you spend a lot of time thinking about what to say, even when you have great ideas and valuable feedback. You might feel unsure when writing emails, because you worry that there may be mistakes, or that your emails sound unprofessional. What scares you most i...
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Hello! I’m Sama, an ELC certified and accredited Neurolanguage coach and the founder of In English With Love. I help professionals and entrepreneurs get the fluency and confidence they need in English to build a life richer in opportunities. I've been helping professionals whose first language is not English for over ten years. From my experience, I know that the problem at this point is that your English is affecting your job prospects. You are an expert in your field and you express yourself well in your native language, but you feel limited when communicating in English. You may feel frustrated because you can’t demonstrate your expertise when speaking in English. You may stay quiet in meetings or in conversations because you spend a lot of time thinking about what to say, even when you have great ideas and valuable feedback. You might feel unsure when writing emails, because you worry that there may be mistakes, or that your emails sound unprofessional. What scares you most i...
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