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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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    Default 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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    Quote Originally Posted by hsb View Post
    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.
    It's as simple as this: you look to see something.
    Seeing is the outcome of looking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    It's as simple as this: you look to see something.
    Seeing is the outcome of looking.

    Very true. But it doesn't give a learner much information on which one to use.

    And where does "watching" fit into that equation?!

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    Default 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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    Default 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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    Default Re: "Look" and "See"

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Very true. But it doesn't give a learner much information on which one to use.

    And where does "watching" fit into that equation?!
    I tell my students, you can look at a painting (observe it), you can see its colors and its meaning (perceive them), but you can't watch a painting. To do that the picture would have to be moving--your eyes would have to be moving, like when you're watching a tennis match, a TV show or keeping a watchful eye on children at play.

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    Default Re: "Look" and "See"

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

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    Default 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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    Default 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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