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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > SEE; WATCH; LOOK    



Hello everyone!

How do you explain the difference between the verbs "look-see-watch" to your students? Mine find it confusing...For exemple, one of them wrote "I ´┐Żll look this film tomorrow with my brother".

Is there a special and easy rule I can teach them?

Have a nice and snowy weekend!

3 Dec 2010      


*      SEE refers to the visual impressions that come to our eyes. Seeing is not always deliberate, it may be accidental.           We saw a bat flying across the room

*      LOOK suggests intention: we are trying to see something.     He looks at every girl he sees

*      WATCH implies looking, but suggests that something is moving, changing or developing in front of us.

                       I watch a football match every Sunday

*      Be careful!       We watch TV          but      We see a film or a play.

Hope you find it useful!

3 Dec 2010     


Thanks for taking the time to answer Pilar!

The problem is excatly the two "exceptions" you mentionned!! 

3 Dec 2010