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    as you see vs. how you see

    Hello everyone.

    I have a trouble with them. Does they have a same meaning?

    For example:

    A: Are you tall?
    B: As you see (or) How you see

    I think that the second sentence is a question, when the first is not.
    Am I correct?

    Does the answer sound aggressively?

    Thanks in advance.
    Nickle.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: as you see vs. how you see

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I have a trouble with them. Does Do they have a the same meaning?

    For example:

    A: Are you tall?
    B: As you see (or) How you see

    I think that the second sentence is a question, when the first is not.
    Am I correct?

    Does the answer sound aggressively?

    Thanks in advance.
    Nickle.
    Hi

    The first way is correct, and more likely you'd hear/say "as you can see, I am tall." I wouldn't say it's necessarily aggressive, however in some contexts it can sound a bit rude as an answer to a question because it points out that something is obvious. I feel it's rather equivalent to answering a question with the question, "Does it look like it?" which is rather rude.

    A: Is it raining outside?
    B: Does it look like it? (instead of answering the question, B is rudely saying that it's obvious that it is or isn't raining if you look out the window yourself)

    A: Is it raining outside?
    B: As you can see, it is / You can see that it is. (B is saying it's obvious and clear what the answer is because you can see that it is raining.)

    It's never a stand-alone phrase, it must be followed by an answer of some sort. The usage where it wouldn't sound at all rude would be where it's not an answer to a question at all, for example pointing something out to the listener while presenting some information:

    "Here are the results of the project, and as you can see, we met all deadlines within our budget."
    "As you can see, the forest fire destroyed a very large section of the national park."

    "How you see" isn't anything, it's too incomplete to have any meaning.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)
    Last edited by FreeToyInside; 26-Jul-2013 at 21:04.

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    #3

    Re: as you see vs. how you see

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I have a trouble with them the words in my title. Does Do they have a the same meaning?

    For example:

    A: Are you tall?
    B: As you see (or) How you see

    I think that the second sentence is a question, when the first is not.
    Am I correct?

    Does the answer sound aggressively aggressive?

    Thanks in advance.
    Nickle.
    Please see my amendments to your post.

    As you have seen already, neither "As you see" nor "How you see" is an acceptable sentence or response.

    "Are you tall?" would be a strange question to ask anyone if you were talking to them face-to-face because it would be quite clear whether they are tall or not. If you were talking to them on the phone or on the internet, then their answer would not include anything like "As you can see ..." because you wouldn't be able to see them.

    Q - Do you wear high heels?
    A - As you can see, I am quite short so yes, I wear high heels quite frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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