See, Watch and Look

The words ‘see’, ‘look’ and ‘watch’ are often confused by students of English because they are so similar. Here are a few examples of each one to help you out.



Used for ‘meet’:

I’ll see you tomorrow.

Instead of ‘meet’ for animals:

I saw a nice dog on my walk.

Used to mean ‘watch’ but with a more casual feeling, indicating leisure:

I saw a great film yesterday.



Indicates action or change:

You have to watch the cake because it might burn in the oven.

Used for going to a location to observe something:

I’m going to watch the boats come in at the dock.

Like ‘look’ but with greater attention:

Watch this! I can juggle five balls.



Observe or read briefly:

I looked at the menu.

Make eye contact:

Please look at me when I’m talking to you.

Describes appearance:

She looks beautiful.