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    Question "Look" and "See"

    Dear Teachers,

    No matter how hard I try, I have confusion with the uses of "look” and "See".

    I kindly request you to Please explain by giving some examples.


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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    I think "look" is often used when the act is intentional.

    "I'm looking for a new car" (intentional).

    And "see" when it is unintentional.

    "I saw a car crash this morning!" (unintentional).

    However there must be many exceptions.

    I'm interested to hear what others think.

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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    look
    verb: perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards (Example: "She looked over the expanse of land")
    look - OneLook Dictionary Search
    see
    verb: perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight (Example: "You have to be a good observer to see all the details")
    see - OneLook Dictionary Search
    Too look at something is to consciously pay attention to it. You can look in a certain direction without seeing everything that is there. You can see something without consciously looking at it.

    Look at me!
    Can you see me?



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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    look
    verb: perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards (Example: "She looked over the expanse of land")
    look - OneLook Dictionary Search
    see
    verb: perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight (Example: "You have to be a good observer to see all the details")
    see - OneLook Dictionary Search
    Too(To?) look at something is to consciously pay attention to it. You can look in a certain direction without seeing everything that is there. You can see something without consciously looking at it.

    Look at me!
    Can you see me?


    Thank you!

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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you!
    Typo. (I looked at it, but I didn't see it.
    )

    You're welcome.


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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I think "look" is often used when the act is intentional.

    "I'm looking for a new car" (intentional).

    And "see" when it is unintentional.

    "I saw a car crash this morning!" (unintentional).

    However there must be many exceptions.

    I'm interested to hear what others think.
    1) For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, one has to see it by moonlight.

    2) One has to see it with one's own eyes to believe it.

    Are these sentences correct?

    Because here acts are intentional?

    I dont know if I got it right.

    I am really confused.
    I would be grateful if someone could help me with this.

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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    Quote Originally Posted by hsb View Post
    1) For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, one has to see it by moonlight.

    2) One has to see it with one's own eyes to believe it.
    Those sentences are perfectly fine.


    Seeing is automatic. Looking is intentional. What is confusing about that?



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    #8

    Re: "Look" and "See"

    never fear, the concierge is here

    1.

    you look at something when you are paying attention to it

    don't look at me like that!

    2.

    you watch something that is happening, or is going to happen

    I can't talk now - I'm watching the game!

    3.

    you see something when it comes to your eyes, regardless of your attention

    did you see that flash of lightning last night?

    4.

    but also - for a complete experience we can use see

    Come around tonight - I want to show you my holiday snaps.
    I've already seen them.
    For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, one has to see it by moonlight.




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    Re: "Look" and "See"

    Quote Originally Posted by the concierge View Post
    1.

    you look at something when you are paying attention to it

    don't look at me like that!

    2.

    you watch something that is happening, or is going to happen

    I can't talk now - I'm watching the game!

    3.

    you see something when it comes to your eyes, regardless of your attention

    did you see that flash of lightning last night?

    4.

    but also - for a complete experience we can use see

    Come around tonight - I want to show you my holiday snaps.
    I've already seen them.
    For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, one has to see it by moonlight.


    Also:
    We say:
    Are you going to watch the game tonight? (On TV)

    but

    I've already seen that movie.


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    LOOK VS SEE

    Hi,

    SEE: Perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight.

    And

    LOOK:Perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards.

    Thanks

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