The verbs ‘look’, ‘see’ and ‘watch’ have different meanings and are used as in the examples given below.


LOOK means to turn your eyes in a specific direction or concentrate on something.

  • Look at that house. It’s on fire!
  • If you look in the top cupboard you’ll find cups and saucers.
  • People turn to look at the man who was shouting.
  • Sophie looked at all the dresses and finally selected one to try on.
  • My father looked out the window before he opened the door.
  • People should look carefully before they cross the road.
  • Look at the crowd. There must be something happening.

SEE means to perceive with the eyes or to notice something.

  • From the back of the hotel you can see the lake.
  • Have you seen my keys anywhere? I can’t find them.
  • Let me know if you see any mistakes.
  • My grandmother can’t see anything without her glasses.
  • Did you see how excited the children were when the clown arrived?
  • Can you see that helicopter up there?
  • Yesterday we saw a fox in the garden!

WATCH means to observe or follow something attentively over a period of time.

  • We were watching a film with the phone rang.
  • The whole family went to watch the parade.
  • The owner watched the boys as they approached the shop.
  • Jack decided to stay home and watch the football match on telelvision.
  • The police decided to watch the suspect’s movements.
  • Watch that saucepan and make sure the milk doesn’t boil over!
  • The children watched the teacher attentively as she showed them what to do.