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  1. sara88's Avatar

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    See vs am seeing

    Hello everyone
    I'm somhow confused, please clear up my mind.
    "See" as we know is an unvoluntary verb. That is to say, it's not usually used in the progressive form.
    Ex: I saw him preaparing himself to leave.
    However we can use "see" in the progressive to mean:
    1- I'm not seeing anyone. (Dating).
    2-I'll be seeing you tomorrow at 07:00am.(visiting).
    Does this mean that we can't use the progressive form of "see" otherwise?!!
    I mean, can't I say?:
    I'm seeing an interesting tv documentry.? Is this wrong so I have to say:
    I'm watching....
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: See vs am seeing

    Yes, you would use "watching" in that instance. In the other thread I gave an example of how you would use "seeing":

    A: Is it working? Can you see properly?
    B: No, it doesn't seem to be. I'm not seeing clearly at all.
    A: Okay, tell me what you are seeing now?
    B: I'm seeing a fuzzy white blob with some blue around it.
    A: Okay, turn the knob on the right counterclockwise.
    B: Oh! Okay! Now I see... oh, I see a very pale guy in a blue ball cap. It's clear now.

    After you get hit on the head: I'm seeing stars!

    In both cases, this way of seeing will go away shortly.


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    #3

    Re: See vs am seeing

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello everyone
    ...

    Does this mean that we can't use the progressive form of "see" otherwise?!!
    I mean, can't I say?:
    I'm seeing an interesting tv documentary? Is this wrong so I have to say:
    I'm watching....
    As Barb noted, yes, you must use 'watch' if you are expressing that this is going on right now.

    However, we can use 'seeing' to describe a near future, when it carries a meaning different from the strictly visual 'see', as in. "Did you see that?"

    I'm seeing the doctor tomorrow. = going to see/have an appointment with the doctor.

    We're seeing a movie tonight. = going to see a movie.

    Is this one odd?

    ??We're seeing an interesting TV documentary on Wednesday.??

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    Re: See vs am seeing

    thanks a lot.
    I can understand from your both explanations that "seeing" can be used to mean something else and not only "dating" or "visiting".

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