Good evening, fellas! Did you have a good day? I hope you did!
Today we are going to talk about these three verbs: see, look, and watch. These verbs are easily confused as they all relate to an action that we do with our eyes. So let us break down each of those verbs to understand how they differ.
If you see something, you are aware that the thing is there, but you may not pay attention to it. Example: “I saw a cellphone in that room, but I don’t remember what kind of phone it was. Could it be your lost phone?”
If you look at something, you intentionally try to see it, and you pay attention to it. Much like menatap in Bahasa Indonesia. Note that we are talking about look as an intransitive verb (not followed by object or complement), therefore it is followed by preposition at. Example: “I look at the novel that I just bought and decide that now is not the time to read such a thick novel.”
If you watch something, you pay attention to it for a period of time, anticipating and following any movement. Watch can mean menonton or mengawasi in Bahasa Indonesia. Example: “Could you watch my bag while I go to the restroom?”
See and watch are also often confused when it comes to talking about movies. So, do you see or watch a movie?
Well, both see and watch can be used to talk about movies or TV programs. But we usually say we see a movie when we refer to going to the theater. If you say you watch a movie, it implies that you watch it on TV or DVD or a streaming service.
So, has that cleared up the confusion yet?