Different Uses of SEE


Looking at this picture what do we see? I see something that could make me feel dizzy. lol

Seriously speaking though, the verb see can have more meanings than to see with our eyes.

See is a non-action verb meaning for correct use we should not use see in a progressive/continuous verb tense. When see means to see with our eyes, it is non-action, so we should say- I see some birds in the tree not I am seeing some birds.

See differs in use than the words look and watch. See is an automatic response- my eyes are open so I see things. Look involves intentional use- She is looking at the painting. Look is also used in phrasal verbs but that is for another day. Watch is not only looking at something but involves other senses such as watching TV or watching a movie. Watch is can also mean to take care of such as watch the children.

But when see has other meanings, it is an action verb.

I am seeing a doctor. This meaning is I have an appointment with a doctor. I am seeing my family means I have a meeting with my family.

If someone says, I am seeing someone, it means they have a relationship with the person.

If someone says, oh I see, it means they understand.

If someone says, we see eye to eye, it means they agree. Don’t see eye to eye means do not agree.


The Mighty Little Word-Get


Several years ago a student of mine from Bosnia shared the advice her sister gave her about English. Her sister had come to America two years before she did. They had both studied English when Bosnia was part of what was once Yugoslavia. My student’s sister told her, “If you don’t know what verb to use, just say-GET- because Americans use GET more than any other verb.

GET can have different meanings and uses.

What did you get for your birthday? In this sentence GET means receive.

Uncle Matt what did you get me for my birthday? In this sentence GET means buy to give.

When I was a child and the doorbell would ring, I would yell, “I’ll get it” meaning I will do the action of answering the door.

A shorter person might ask a taller person-“Can you get that for me?” meaning can you reach up there and bring that down for me.

A wife might ask her husband to get some milk on your way home. In this sentence GET stop quickly to buy some milk to bring home not shopping for other things.

If someone says- Oh, I get it- then GET with it means I understand.

We also use GET many phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are a combination of a verb with a preposition that have its own special meaning and sometimes various meanings depending on tone of voice or context.

Get out can mean to leave or exit. It can also mean I don’t believe or amazing.

Get along means to have a good relationship with someone or how a person’s situation is.

Get here means to come here. I never wanted to hear my father say, “Matt get here right now.” when I was a child.

There are many other phrasal verbs using GET. If you have a question about GET please let me know.

Happy Learning my friends.