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(To) “Watch” vs (To) “See”

A Film / Movie

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(Today’s “Tid-Bit“)


In “normal” speech – to say that one “sees” something is a very general way of saying that:  The image of some “thing” is registered by the visual sensory apparatus – while, to “watch” something means:  To be focused on that “thing” which one sees (but is usually something which is moving.)


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However, when using these two verbs to talk about “Movies” or “Films” (whichever term you prefer) – they have slightly different meanings…


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To “See A Movie” is the phrase used to refer to the event of actually going to the theater or cinema to view the movie in that facility…


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“We’re going to see the new “Star Wars” Movie.”

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To “Watch A Movie” is the phrase used to refer simply to the act of viewing that movie (wherever it may be.)…


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“On my day off, I watched all three “Lord of The Rings” Movies in a row.”

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Also Note:

The phrase“To see a movie” is always used with either “going to”, “off to” or some other verb phrase, putting the subject in the future – and, thus, acting as an infinitive phrase.


Finally:


To say that one “has seen” a movie, carries the natural meaning one would expect from a sentence in the present perfect tense.

In other words – that it has actually happened at some point in past – when it happened is either not known or not important – and that the action has an affect on the the present state… (because one can not “un-watch” a movie.)


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See Also:  “Look At” vs “Watch” on the “This” vs “That” page of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Lexis Portal.

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