(Sight -- Part 1)   見る ―― パート1

HOME>Word Master®>(Sight -- Part 1)   見る ―― パート1 SEE vs. WATCH vs. LOOK [AT]

Hello again! Here are three words with a relationship similar to that discussed in yesterday's WordMaster.


To see something is to be aware of it through your eyes.

To watch something is to give attention to something for a period of time in order to see what it is doing or what will happen.

To look at something is to direct your sight at something in order to see it.

(Be careful: We use the words watch and look to say that we ACTIVELY see something or that we INTEND to see it. When we simply want to say that we noticed something with our eyes, without saying whether we were actively giving attention to it, we use the word see.*)

* Read the 15 May 2001 WordMaster for a similar difference between "hear" and "listen".




注意: watchlookは、見ようとして見るときに使います。見ようとする、しないにかかわらず、単に視界に入ってくるものを見る場合には、< see>を使います。*

* WordMaster 2001/5/15のhearとlistenの違い参照

1.(while using a pair of binoculars)
a:These binoculars are great!
b:Why? What can you see?
2.I saw you on the train today.
3.a:Sorry to keep you waiting.
b:No problem. I enjoyed watching all the people in the square.
4.On my way home I saw some teenagers dancing in the park, but I didn't have time to stop and watch.
5.(in a football stadium) 
a:Did you see that? What a great pass!
b:No, I missed it. I was watching the cheerleaders.
6.(a woman putting on a new dress to show her boyfriend)
a:Don't look until I tell you to ... Okay, you can look now.
b:Wow! You're beautiful in that dress!
7.a:Look at that strange red bird over there?
b:Where? I don't see a bird.
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