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    Hi,

    I'd be thankful if somebody could help me with this.

    I've come across sentences like:
    The room overlooks the sea.

    or
    The room looks out over the sea.

    Is the meaning exactly the same?

    I've also read:
    I'm happy with my room. I look over the sea.

    Can you use these verbs then referring to the people rather than the room/balcony:
    I overlook the sea.
    I look out over the sea.


    I'm in a lexical maze here. Any help would be extremely welcome!

    Thanks

    phi

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    Default Re: overlook, look over

    NOT A TEACHER

    You did pick a loaded word: “overlook”, but maybe this will be of some help:

    Being the subject a tower, a castle, a balcony and so on, “overlooks” means that it stands on higher ground and enjoys a view of the object, in other words "have a privileged view":

    “The room overlooks the sea.”

    Being the subject a person it may have different meanings; to miss, ignore, fail to take notice accidentally or deliberately:

    “He overlooked some of the instructions.” (accidentally or deliberately)

    It may also means to watch over, survey or inspect:

    “The foreman overlooks every single thing the workers do.”

    As for "look over" it can also express enjoying a view, as well as to check, examine or inspect something:

    " I've looked it over and I can't agree with any of it."



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    Default Re: overlook, look over

    Another related and very confusing word is 'oversight'.
    It used to mean missing something by not looking closely enough - "Sorry, that was an oversight."
    Now, it's actually a good thing, and oversight is one of the functions of a work foreman. Another auto-antonym?


    http://www.google.com.au/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1ASUT_ENAU421&q=overs ight&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=#hl=en&s a=G&rlz=1G1ASUT_ENAU421&q=oversight&tbs=dfn:1&tbo= u&ei=_V_iTYj-EYK4vQOSlrGjBw&ved=0CCwQkQ4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw. &fp=b49c60dddd7522a7&biw=1366&bih=600

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    Default Re: overlook, look over

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    “The foreman overlooks every single thing the workers do.”
    No, I think that should be 'oversees', as in my previous post. It hasn't yet come to stage where foremen are regularly paid to overlook things.

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    Default Re: overlook, look over

    Hi, thank you both.

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