INTERMEDIATE- GRAMMAR


SEE/WATCH/LOOK AT

Watch, see and look at all have similar meanings, but we use them a little differently.

RULES:
1. Things that move and take place over time (movies, sports games) - usually we use watch though see and look at are also possible.
2. Things that don't move (paintings, exhibitions, newspaper advertisements) - usually we use see or look at.
3. We usually use see with concerts or people. (I saw Madonna's concert.)
4. We don't usually use see with a continuous tense.
5. We don't usually use look at in the simple past.

I watched a movie last night.
Phil's watching the football on television. (looking at would also be possible)
I saw Cinderella last week. It was lovely.
Did you see the basketball game last night? (watch would also be possible)
Simone is looking at a video. (watching would also be possible)
Paula is at the Art Gallery. She's looking at the Van Gogh exhibition.
Paula has gone to see the Van Gogh exhibition.

Finish these sentences. Sometimes more than one answer is possible.

1. Jack is going to the computer exhibition.
2. Jill is
the volleyball game.
3. Frank
the art exhibition last week.
4. Amanda is going to Britney Spears next week.

 
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