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    Sight and see?

    Sight and see as a verb and have similar meanings but me teacher told me they don't, do they?

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    Re: Sight and see?

    Well according to my dictionary;

    Sight: (v.)

    "If you sight someone or something, you suddenly see them, often briefly."

    The security forces sighted a group of young men that had crossed the

    As for "see":

    When you see something, you notice it using your eyes.

    "You can't see colours at night...
    I saw a man making his way towards me...
    She can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste...
    As he neared the farm, he saw that a police car was parked outside it...
    Did you see what happened?"

    From what I understand, sight and see can both mean to see something briefly. But sight can't be used for longer observation periods.

    In other words:

    You wouldn't be able to say:

    "You can't sight colors at night."

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    Re: Sight and see?

    'sight' has a directional element to it, and implies that the thing sighted is important.

    It is usually used for surveying, navigating, or aiming a weapon.

    "I have sighted the enemy" - I know where they are so we can aim our guns at them

    "I have seen the enemy" - I know what they look like, but I don't where they are.

    "I have sighted a ship" - it is over there and we had better avoid it

    '"I have seen a ship" - it is going away from us so it isn't important


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