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    see/look, tell/say

    Could anyone teach me the differences between (see and look) and (say and tell)?


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    Re: see/look, tell/say

    Gary, before we start discussing them, have you looked them up in the dictionaries and tried to identify the differences?

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    Re: see/look, tell/say

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Could anyone teach me the differences between (see and look) and (say and tell)?
    There's a trick I know:

    To say is to utter words.
    To tell is to give information.

    A: Say your name. <utter the words aloud>
    B: My name is Max.

    A: Tell me your name. <give me that information>
    B: My name is Max.

    Another set of examples
    A: Can your son tell the time? <give the information>
    B: Yes, he can do that. He's 7 years old.

    A: Can your son say the time? <utter the words>
    B: Yes, he can. Son, please say what time it is.
    C: It's 2:40 p.m.

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    The general semantic difference between see and look is as follows. See is a perception, look is an action:

    Ex: I see Max across the street. <perception>
    Ex: I look at my family's photo every day. <action>


    Exception: seeing (action)
    • Are you seeing Max on Saturday? Yes. we are going to the movies.
    • It was nice seeing you again.


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    Re: see/look, tell/say

    Thank you Anglika and Casiopea.
    Gary, before we start discussing them, have you looked them up in the dictionaries and tried to identify the differences?
    Yes.
    I understood a little bit from the dictionary. So I thought by asking here, I can fully understand it. And now I got it fully.

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