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(Sight -- Part 3) 見る ―― パート3
LOOK [AT] vs. WATCH*


To look at something is to direct your sight at something in order to see it.

To watch something is to give attention to something for a period of time in order to see what it is doing or what will happen.

(Be careful: Although we can look at a person or object that is NOT moving, we usually watch someone or something that IS moving. For example, we look at a painting, but we do NOT "watch" it.)

* Read the 16 and 17 May 2001 WordMasters for more details on look at and watch.

look at は、見るために視線を向けるという意味です。

watch は、しばらくの間注意を向けて、何が行われているか、何が起こりそうかを見るという意味です。

注意: look at は、動いていない人や物を見るときに使えますが、watch は普通、動いている人や物を見るときに使います。例えば、look at a painting とは言いますが、"watch" a paintingとは言いません。

* 2001/5/162001/5/17のWordMaster参照

1.I don't like to look at myself in the mirror; I hate my hair.
 
2.It's fun to watch kittens play.
 
3.a:What are you looking at?
b:Some pictures of my parents when they were in high school.
 
4.(at a three-ring circus)
a:Look at that. The clown's juggling five balls at one time.
b:I can't right now. I'm watching the lion act.
 
5.(still at the circus) 
Watch this. The man's going to put his head into the lion's mouth.
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