What’s the difference between SEE LOOK and WATCH?
This is a common question amoung ESL students. Here you have a simple explaination.
SEE is something that you do naturally without really thinking.
- I opened the door and I saw the cat laying on the porch.
- Can you see the sign?
LOOK is when you make an effort to see something. To focus and concentrate on something. Look is often used with «AT».
- Joe looked at the menu before ordering his lunch.
- Look at that blue bird in the tree.
WATCH to look intensely at something for a period of time. (often something that is moving).
- We watched the plane take off.
- Do you want to watch a film?
- We were watching the children play.