We start to see unintentionally when we open our eyes, It may not be deliberate, we just see without any effort.
- Can you see my house over the cliff?
- Bats can see very well in the dark.
- See you tomorrow.
- You may not see much in dim light.
Different from the action “see” we make a special effort when we try to see something. It’s an active verb.
- Don’t look at the sun with naked eye.
- Look at me while I am speaking.
- He looked at his watch and told me the time.
- Don’t look at me like that, I didn’t do anything wrong.
The verb “watch” is used when we look at something that moves or changes for a period of time. It’s a continuous action of looking and observing.
- All day long I just watched TV yesterday.
- I like watching the spectacular sun set every day.
- Please be quiet, I am trying to watch the world cup series.
- Do you like watching talk shows?
Watch a Movie vs See a Movie
We watched a movie yesterday.
This would imply we watched a movie at home (TV/DVD…)
We saw a movie yesterday.
This would imply that we did so by going to a movie theatre. We can also explicitly say that we went to the movie theatre and watched “Ice Age”.
Some exercises to test your understanding: