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    gaze, stare....

    Dear teachers
    can anybody help me to find a good explanation of problematic words connected with “looking at things“- such as stare, glance, peek, gaze..
    I am aware of some differences, but there are still doubts...
    I am not asking you to write long texts about it, since some of you have probably done it hundred times...I would just appreciate a link...a hint where to find it...
    Thank you for your help. KP

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    Re: gaze, stare....

    hi there
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker


    The main difference is the duration.

    stare in English - Google Dictionary

    Cheers,

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    Re: gaze, stare....

    Thanks Jaskin...
    But what I was looking for was a more detailed overview of such words..
    I believe that duration is the main difference but there is more- there is positive or negative connotation of these words...which I can“t feel..
    Thanks KP


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    Re: gaze, stare....

    Quote Originally Posted by katerina.pata View Post
    Thanks Jaskin...
    But what I was looking for was a more detailed overview of such words..
    I believe that duration is the main difference but there is more- there is positive or negative connotation of these words...which I can“t feel..
    Thanks KP

    I am not a native speaker nor a teacher.


    To best use of the word "stare", in my opinion, is when you don't want to be polite and want to act "tough & rough" :).

    So, the phrase: "Stop starring at me!" is more rude than "Please, stop looking at me!"

    stare = the longest period of time
    glance = the shortest period of time (something like "mrknout, hodit letmż pohled" in Czech)
    Last edited by thx0110; 19-Feb-2010 at 15:26.

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