See v look (at) v watch
Do you know the difference between see, look at and watch?
They all talk about different ways we use our eyes.
When we say "see", we are normally talking about things we can't avoid. As soon as we open our eyes we see things:
- I saw my ex-girlfriend at a party last weekend.
- I can't find my keys. Have you seen them anywhere?
When we say "look", we are talking about things we see with an intention, usually for a short time:
- Look at the board! Can you find the mistakes in these sentences?
- Look! It's snowing.
When we say "watch", we are talking about things we intend to see, usually things that are moving or changing:
- I didn't watch the news on TV last night. I was too busy.
- Are you going to watch the football match tonight?
Exception: with films we usually use "see" not "watch", as we refer to those that we have already seen or ask if we have seen a certain one.
Complete the sentences with one of the above verbs in the correct form:
- I can't ___ this movie - it makes me feel sick.
- Can you ___ that sign over there? What does it say?
- I ___ the newspaper today. I wonder what's happening in the world.
- I hate being ___ when I'm cooking.
- ___ me when I'm talking to you.
- ___ you ever ___ "Gone with the Wind"? It's the best film ever made.
- ___ the time. Hurry up! We're going to be late.
- We ___ your neighbour when we were at the post office.
- Would you mind ___ the children while I go to the shop?
- You should always ___ left and right before you cross the road.