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    Question Any difference?

    I'd like to know the difference between the two sentences:

    "I watch you"

    "I watch for you"

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    Re: Any difference?

    "I watch you" means : I look at you directly .

    "I watch for you" means : I look at something for you .

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    Re: Any difference?

    Well, actually I don't mean using the verb in its usual meaning "to see"... But rather using it to refer to the act of "waiting"... It's a translation and a friend who speaks English well, recommended the second sentence instead of the first.

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    Re: Any difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    Well, actually I don't mean using the verb in its usual meaning "to see"... But rather using it to refer to the act of "waiting"... It's a translation and a friend who speaks English well, recommended the second sentence instead of the first.
    Your friend is right when you mean to be waiting for someone or expecting someone.

    Also, a native speaker would not use it the way you wrote. I would suggest:

    I am watching you. This means I am observing you, seeing what you are doing.

    I will watch for you. This means I am expecting you to come to my home or to where I am. I am waiting for you.

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    Re: Any difference?

    "I will watch for you"

    ^^
    Do I have to use it in the future form?

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