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English tips by Addie 10: watch, see, look.

Continuando nuestra serie de vídeos de “Aprende inglés en 5 minutos a la semana” hoy os traemos uno nuevo explicando una de las asignaturas pendientes que tenemos respecto al inglés. Hoy Addie nos explicará las diferencias entre tres verbos parecidos y que se suelen confundir en inglés: Watch, see, look
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Aquí os dejamos la traducción para que os ayude:

Hello this is English explained with Addie. My name is Addie and I’m here to explain English grammar and pronunciation tips and get you well on your way to becoming fluent in English. This video is about the verbs watch see and look, how to differentiate between them and when to use each. I hope it helps!
Watch see and look
To see – this is inactive, its passive, we do this without thinking and basically we don’t have to make an effort to do it. Example ‘did you see the bird in the tree over there?’.. ‘did you see the bird in the tree over there?’ you may not have been trying to see it but you did see it, you observed, you saw the tree over there – the bird in the tree.
Next…
To look – look + at + an object. So, this is active, we’re trying to see, we want to see, and usually the duration is a short period of time. So, for example we can use this as well as an instruction, as an imperative ‘look at that’, ‘look at her’, ‘look at him’, look at the object, or we can say we are looking. For example ‘I’m looking at the magazine but I can’t see the dress you mentioned’. So here you can actually see a direct comparison for look and see; looking is trying to, wanting to see something, but seeing can happen or it can’t, it’s inactive, it’s passive, ok?
Next…
To watch – this is active, you want to do it, or you choose to do it, and it’s for a long period of time. For example ‘watching television’, ‘watching a YouTube video’ like mine, ok? Example ‘Sometimes I like to stay at home on Friday nights and watch television’, so we are watching for a long period of time, it could be half an hour it could be 3 hours, it could be a while, ok?
HINT- So, when we are trying to decide whether to use see or watch when we’re talking about a show or a movie, how do you decide? So, for a public performance we usually talk about seeing, so ‘I saw X-men in the cinema yesterday’ or ‘I saw a show at the theatre’, and when we’re talking about watching we say ‘I watched the football on television last night or ‘I watched a film on television’. A couple of examples – ‘I am going to see Lion King at the theatre’, this is a public performance so we use see. Next one – ‘I watched the Lion King on Channel 4 last night’. Channel 4 implies that it is a television show, so I watched the Lion King, the movie, but on television – so I watched it, ok?

I hope that’s helped, if you´re not sure about anything go back and look at the video, if you have any questions feel free to post them and thank you for listening.
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