Common mistake look (watch)

Common Mistake: Using "look" instead of "watch"

One common mistake that English speakers make is using the word "look" in situations where "watch" should be used instead. While these two verbs may seem similar, they have different meanings and are used in different contexts.

Using "watch" for observing actions or events

The verb "watch" is used when we want to pay attention to something that is happening or to observe someone performing an action. It implies a deliberate act of focusing on an event or an object.

For example:

  • While waiting for the bus, I watched the children playing in the park.
  • She loves to watch movies in her free time.
  • They watched the sunset from the beach.

Using "look" for directing vision or gaze

On the other hand, the verb "look" is used when we want to direct our vision towards something or someone. It indicates a physical act of turning one's eyes in a particular direction.

For example:

  • Look at the beautiful flowers in the garden!
  • He looked into her eyes and smiled.
  • Please look where you are going to avoid accidents.

It's important to pay attention to the context and use the appropriate verb to express the intended meaning accurately. Remember, "watch" is used when observing actions or events, while "look" is used when directing your gaze or vision towards something.

So, if you meant to refer to observing an action or event, the correct form would be "watch."

look (watch) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I am looking TV.

    I am watching TV.

  • Incorrect:
    She looks TV every morning.

    She watches TV every morning.

  • Incorrect:
    I look TV every morning.

    I watch TV every morning.

  • Incorrect:
    I looked TV in the morning.

    I watched TV in the morning.

  • Incorrect:
    She looked poker on television.

    She watched poker on television.

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