SEE – Basic Verbs – Learn English Grammar


hi everybody my name is Alisha welcome to know your verbs in this episode we’re
going to talk about the verb see so let’s get started so the basic definition of C is to
perceive with your eyes so this really means to use your eyes to get
information you use your eyes to look at things to maybe understand things to
gain knowledge by looking at things by using your eyes focusing your eyes on
things you can learn things or gain information gain knowledge so this is to
perceive but the basic the basic definition though is just to perceive
with your eyes to use your eyes to perceive to gain information to gain
knowledge okay let’s see the conjugations for the verb C C C’s saw
seen seeing let’s talk about a few additional
meanings of the verb see first one to form a mental picture of to form a
mental picture of means to use your mind to create an image so see has the
meaning of creating an image in your mind for example I can see my childhood
home clearly it was one story and had a big yard what do you see when you close
your eyes so in these example sentences we’re not actually using our eyes to see
something in this use of the word see we are imagining it and in our minds we are
making a picture so we’re not actually using our eyes to see these items
instead maybe there are things we saw in the past and we are imagining them
mentally we are creating a mental image of something so when I say I can see my
house clearly my childhood house it means in my mind I can form a clear
image of the house in my mind in the question what do you see it means when
you close your eyes what’s the mental image that appears in
your mind so see is used to create mental images to refer to creating
mental images here next is to examine or to watch so in this use of the verb see
there’s sort of the nuance of an expectation we want to use our eyes to
watch something as it changes or to examine a change as it happens to
examine a behavior let’s see how the team does in today’s match I can’t wait
to see what the neighbors do when they realize we bought a pool in the example
of let’s see how the team does in today’s match we are talking about using
our eyes our actual eyes perhaps if we are actually watching the match if we go
to the game where we see the match on TV perhaps we are using our eyes however if
we don’t go to the match and we read the score from the game
or we hear on the radio something about the game or we hear the results of the
game we can still use the verb si si has this nuance of examining something so
we’re expecting some results so let’s see in this case doesn’t only mean using
your eyes to examine it can mean to examine maybe the results of an hour are
the results of something to examine the outcome of something in the second
example sentence let’s see how the neighbors react don’t we see the same
thing so it’s the same it’s the same sort of nuance we are expecting a
reaction we are going to watch for a reaction from the neighbors when they
realize we bought a pool so we want to examine their reaction we want to
examine an outcome we can use the verb see though maybe we use our ears like if
the neighbor says oh my gosh they bought a pool that’s sort of examining your
you’re waiting for a reaction there we can still use the verb let’s see the
expression let’s see to talk about that so let’s see what happens next for
example next one to make sure to make sure please see that this task is
finished he saw that all the arrangements had been made in these
sentences the verb si is used to mean make sure or to confirm something to
ensure something in the first one please see that this task is finished we could
replace the verb see with make sure please make sure that this task is
finished so that’s a very clear sentence please
see is just a shortened way of saying make sure please see that this task is
finished please ensure that this task is finished we can replace the verb here
the second example sentence is the same he saw that all the arrangements had
been made so he made sure that all the arrangements had been made in these
example sentences si is replacing the expression make sure or ensure so we can
use C to mean the same thing it’s just a shorter way of say
make sure next to find acceptable or attractive what do you see in him what
do you see in her I don’t understand what you see in this restaurant
it’s terrible what are the qualities you perceive in that person or the qualities
that you can detect in that situation what are the good points you identify
there we can use the word see to sort of communicate that quickly and easily so
what do you see in him what do you see in her is a much shorter way of saying
what do you find attractive about him or her what do you find appealing about him
or her or what characteristics of that person attract you to that person saying
what do you see in him what do you see in her is a much shorter way of saying
what qualities do you find attractive in that person the same thing in the
restaurant example I don’t understand what you see in this restaurant means I
don’t understand what it is that you like about this restaurant I think it’s
bad so instead we shorten it to I don’t understand what you see in this
restaurant so see means finding something attractive or interesting or
appealing in some way now let’s talk about some variations so
some slight changes or some additions to the verb see that changed the meaning
first is see-through see-through see-through means to understand the true
nature of something to understand the real characteristics of something he saw
through my attempts to work with him and asked me on a date my boss saw through
my lie and scolded me for faking sickness so here we see the use in the
past tense in the first example sentence he saw through my attempts to work with
him meaning he saw the true nature of what I was doing so he saw through my
attempts to work with him and asked me on a date so in the situation maybe the
person the speaker was trying to spend time with the he in this situation and
was asking maybe to work together a lot but he in the situation saw through saw
to the true nature of the speaker’s request saw the true characteristics or
the actual desire there and asked the speaker on a date so in this sentence we
understand that there was a different motivation so something below the
surface of the of the initial action that was happening so the the other
person in the situation understood the other motivation the motivation below
the surface motivation and so we use saw through or see through to communicate
that so I he saw through my attempts to work with him and he understood there
was something else I wanted to do in the second example sentence my boss saw
through my lie and scolded me for faking sickness so again we see in past tense
my boss saw through my lie so saw that I was lying in other words saw through my
lie so saw the true character of my lie saw the true nature of my statement and
scolded me so my boss understood I lied and scolded me for faking sickness so I
got in trouble as I was faking an illness faking
sickness my boss saw through my behavior saw the true character understood the
true nature of my of my statement next is see eye to eye see eye to eye this
means to have a common viewpoint or to agree we don’t see eye to eye most of
the time I’m glad we see eye to eye about this so maybe this one is an easy
one to visualize so to see eye to eye with someone else means you agree with
them you share a viewpoint with them so you can kind of imagine maybe two people
standing across from one another and if they see eye to eye
maybe they match their line of sight matches much in the way that their
viewpoints or their opinions match exactly exactly so they have kind of the
same viewpoint they can see eye to eye so they’re there their eyesight maybe
matches their opinions match so to see eye to eye and we can say I’m glad we
see eye to eye about this meaning I’m happy we agree about this or in a
negative we don’t see eye to eye most of the time means we don’t agree most of
the time or we have different opinions most of the time all right so I hope
that this video helped you level up your knowledge of the verb see a little bit
if you have any questions or comments or if you know another way of using the
verb see let us know in the comments section below the video thanks very much
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this episode of know your verbs and we’ll see you again soon bye bye
we’ll see you again soon we end every video on this channel almost with see
you again soon but of course I don’t actually see you you see me we imagine
you we have we form mental images in our minds of all of you watching in the
camera there all those hundreds of thousands of you guys that’s kind of
terrifying see that was fun you

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