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  • My name is Alisha, and today I'm going to give a short explanation of the difference

  • betweenlook,” “watch,” andsee.”

  • So let's get started!

  • Okay, the first verb that I want to talk about islook.”

  • We uselookwhen we simply want to explain that we are moving our eyes to something,

  • just moving the eyes is tolookat something.

  • There's no expectation that the item or the object we are looking at is going to change.

  • There's no expectation that some change is going to happen, we're simply moving our eyes

  • to something.

  • Finally, when you uselookand an object follows the verb, you need to followlook

  • withat.”

  • So for example, “look at that.”

  • Look at me.”

  • Look at that.”

  • Look at her.”

  • Look at him.”

  • All of these useatbecause an object follows the verblook.”

  • Solook at that thing.”

  • When you use an expression likelook over there,” there's no object there, so only

  • when there's an object after the wordlookyou need to useatto connect the two.

  • Okay, so remember, “lookis used when you're simply moving your eyes to something.

  • Okay, let's talk then about the verbwatch.”

  • So we usewatchwhen we want to focus our attention on something.

  • So focusing your attention can be on something happening in front of you, like a performance,

  • it can be movie, TV, but the nuance withwatchis you are watching something that is changing

  • or moving, something is going to happen, there's an expectation of change or movement, evolution

  • in some way, we usewatchin those cases.

  • Focused attention on something that is changing or something that is moving is when we use

  • watch.”

  • And finally, “see,” the verbseeis used when we just notice something, we

  • have to notice something, maybe a person has come into the room and weseethat person,

  • we noticed something but we're not necessarily focusing.

  • So maybe weseeit, our eyes catch it, but we don't focus on that thing, that is

  • when we usesee.”

  • So to recap, we uselookjust to move our eyes to something.

  • We usewatchfor focused attention on something that is moving or something that

  • is changing.

  • And we useseewhen we just notice something but we don't necessarily focus on it.

  • Okay, so this is the basic use of these three verbs, but there are a couple of exceptions.

  • So here, I have special cases, especially for performances, so for example, movies,

  • TV shows, concerts, sporting events, and so on, these have slightly different rules.

  • We will only usewatchor "see" for these cases, please do not uselook

  • in these cases, please usewatchor "see.”

  • If you're having trouble deciding when to usewatchorsee,” a good rule,

  • or a good guideline, is if it's something outside the house, something outside your

  • home, your apartment, use the verb "see.”

  • If you're at home doing something at home, like watching a movie, for example, use the

  • verbwatch.”

  • So for example, over here, you would see a movie in a movie theater; see a baseball game;

  • watch a DVD at home, or watch the awards show at home.

  • So these are at home actions, and these are outside the home action.

  • So we use "see" andwatchin these cases.

  • Okay, but let's try to choose the correct verb in these example sentences that I've

  • prepared.

  • So first one, Tonight I'm going to ______ Game of Thrones.

  • Game of Thrones is a popular TV show, so we should usewatchbecause we learned

  • thatwatchis used for things outside, oh, I'm sorry, because we learned thatwatch

  • is used for actions at home, things we do at home, it's more natural to usewatch.”

  • I'm going to watch Game of Thrones.

  • Okay, the next sentence, I want to ______ that new movie.

  • New movie probably means going to a movie theater, so we should use the verbsee.”

  • I want to see that new movie, is the correct verb here.

  • ______ up ahead, traffic is terrible.

  • So up ahead means in front of you, in front of the car, in this case, it's car, it's traffic

  • related, so up ahead, in this case, the speaker is asking the listener to move his or her

  • eyes in front of them to go up ahead with their eyes, so you can use the verblook.”

  • Look up ahead, traffic is terrible.

  • So move your eyes up ahead, it's a command.

  • Okay, next one, Last night I stayed in and ______ a football

  • game.

  • So stayed in means stayed home, I stayed at home, we use the expressionstayed in

  • so I stayed in andwatch,” this is an at home action.

  • Past tense, I watched a football game last night.

  • Ok, next one, I can't wait to ______ my favorite band next

  • week.

  • So again, this is a performance outside the house, my favorite band, so we'll usesee

  • I can't wait toseemy favorite band next week.

  • Ok, next sentence.

  • When I ______ into the forest, I ______ a deer.

  • Okay, there are two verbs in this sentence, we're going to uselooked,” so when I

  • moved my eyes into the forest, I moved my direction, my eyes moved in the direction

  • of the forest, and I ______ a deer.

  • So we noticed something, I saw a deer.

  • I saw a deer.

  • A deer entered my eyes, is a weird way to say it but that's the nuance here.

  • I happened to notice, I wasn't focusing but I saw this in my eye, I saw a deer.

  • Okay, let's look at a really difficult one.

  • I ______ up from my book and ______ you.

  • You were ______ a video on your phone.

  • Okay, so similar here, I ______ up, I “lookedup, I moved my eyes up from my book, so I

  • was reading, I moved my eyes up from my book.

  • And ______ you, so here I noticed, I saw, past tense, I saw you; then here you were

  • ______ a video on your phone.

  • A video on your phone, so maybe we need to use the verbwatchbecause the person

  • has focused their attention on their phone on the video.

  • You were watching, past progressive tense, you were watching a video on your phone.

  • So here in this situation we have all three verbs.

  • Finally, let's use it in a question.

  • When did you last ______ your roommate?

  • So when did you last notice your roommate?

  • We would use the verbsee,” when did you lastseeyour roommate, when was

  • the last time you saw your roommate, you noticed your roommate.

  • So these are some great examples of sentences where it might be difficult to guess should

  • I uselook,” should I usesee,” should I usewatch,” but keep these rules

  • in mind; so remember when you move your eyes to something uselook,” don't forget

  • to useatwhen an object follows the verb, too.

  • When you want to focus your attention or talk about something that's changing and moving,

  • usewatch,” like movies and TV shows.

  • When you want to just talk about noticing something but not focusing your attention,

  • usesee.”

  • So this is a basic introduction to the differences betweenlook,” “see,” andwatch.”

  • I hope it was useful for you, if you like, you can try to leave a comment with one of

  • these verbs in your sentence, or if you have any questions please let us know as well.

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