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    Smile grammar question in Avatar

    Hi there: i just watched Avatar, and i have a question about use of simple tense in the film. Jake sully, the hero, says to the female native,(i forget her name)"I see you", and she replies:"I see you". When they say this, they are both full of emotions.this is not a common use, in my opinion. what's the difference between "I see you" and "I can see you"?
    thank you very much.

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    Re: grammar question in Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: i just watched Avatar, and i have a question about use of simple tense in the film. Jake sully, the hero, says to the female native,(i forget her name)"I see you", and she replies:"I see you". When they say this, they are both full of emotions.this is not a common use, in my opinion. what's the difference between "I see you" and "I can see you"?
    thank you very much.
    "I see you" is a playful expression. It can be thought of as "baby" talk.

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    Re: grammar question in Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: i just watched Avatar, and i have a question about use of simple tense in the film. Jake sully, the hero, says to the female native,(i forget her name)"I see you", and she replies:"I see you". When they say this, they are both full of emotions.this is not a common use, in my opinion. what's the difference between "I see you" and "I can see you"?
    thank you very much.
    I would say it means: "I see you, I see who you are in your inner self".

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