28/9/17 The Difference between Look, See, and Watch

The Difference between Look, See, and Watch

  • LOOK

When we look at something, we direct our eyes in its direction and pay attention to it.

  • SEE

See means noticing something using our eyes. It is an inactive verb. When your eyes are open, you do it without thinking.


Watch is similar to look at, but it usually means that we look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving, e.g. television.

Language tips:
When look has an object, it is followed by at:
Look at the rain. It’s so heavy.
Not: Look the rain.
We use see, not watch, when we talk about being at sports matches or public performances, such as films, theatre and dramas. However, we watch the television.