- For Teachers
never fear, the concierge is here
you look at something when you are paying attention to it
don't look at me like that!
you watch something that is happening, or is going to happen
I can't talk now - I'm watching the game!
you see something when it comes to your eyes, regardless of your attention
did you see that flash of lightning last night?
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.
"Did you see that!" (Me watching the syncronized diving at the Olympics.)
A: Do you want to see that movie on television tonight?On the other hand:
B: No, I've already seen it.
I'm watching the Olympics on TV (synchronized diving).Also:
We watch children.The word watch is a more active verb than either look or see.
I hope that helps.
These words are incredibly confusing. All I can add to the great information here is that 'see' is usually used for a completed action. For example,
I saw the game last night.
I'm going to watch the game tonight.
I just wrote an article about this with some examples - read about how to use see, look, and watch
SEE: Perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight.
LOOK:Perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards.