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Verbs: See/Watch and Ver Empty Verbs: See/Watch and Ver

Post by Kangas on Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:56 am

Again we have a case of an action that is described by one single verb in Portuguese but may be described by more than one in English. This may be a bit confusing, specially for a Portuguese person trying to speak English.

In both languages you can use these verbs with several different meanings and you will find out that indeed in both languages these meanings are equivalent. Even in the case of English to See and to Watch are synonyms, however we will see when is more appropriate to use one and when is more appropriate to use the other.

  • To See

    1. to perceive with the eyes
    2when tr, may take a clause as object to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand ⇒ "I explained the problem but he could not see it"
    3. tr to perceive with any or all of the senses ⇒ "I hate to see you so unhappy"
    4. tr; may take a clause as object to be aware of in advance; foresee ⇒ "I can see what will happen if you don't help"
    5. when tr, may take a clause as object to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn ⇒ "see who is at the door"
    6. when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, foll by to to make sure (of something) or take care (of something) ⇒ "see that he gets to bed early"
    7. when tr, may take a clause as object to consider, deliberate, or decide ⇒ "see if you can come next week"
    8. tr to have experience of; undergo ⇒ "he had seen much unhappiness in his life"
    9. tr to allow to be in a specified condition ⇒ "I cannot stand by and see a child in pain"
    10. tr to be characterized by ⇒ "this period of history has seen much unrest"
    11. tr to meet or pay a visit to ⇒ "to see one's solicitor"
    12. tr to receive, esp as a guest or visitor ⇒ "the Prime Minister will see the deputation now"
    13. tr to frequent the company of ⇒ "she is seeing a married man"
    14. tr to accompany or escort ⇒ "I saw her to the door"
    15. tr to refer to or look up ⇒ "for further information see the appendix"
       (in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player's bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum

  • To Watch

    1. to look at or observe closely or attentively
    2. intr foll by for to wait attentively or expectantly
    3. to guard or tend (something) closely or carefully
    4. intr to keep vigil
    5. tr to maintain an interest in ⇒ "to watch the progress of a child at school"

    1. a small portable timepiece, usually worn strapped to the wrist (a wristwatch) or in a waistcoat pocket
           (as modifier) ⇒ "a watch spring"
    2. the act or an instance of watching
    3. a period of vigil, esp during the night
    4. (formerly) one of a set of periods of any of various lengths into which the night was divided
    5. (nautical)

    • any of the usually four-hour periods beginning at midnight and again at noon during which part of a ship's crew are on duty
    • those officers and crew on duty during a specified watch

  • 6. the period during which a guard is on duty
    7. (formerly) a watchman or band of watchmen

  • Ver

    verbo transitivo
    1. to see;
    Examples: não te estou a ver / I can't see you;
    já o viste? / have you seen him yet?;
    vi com os meus olhos / I saw it with my own eyes;
    não via um palmo à frente do nariz / I couln't see my hand in front of my face;
    devias ter visto a cara dele! / you should have seen the look on his face!;
    posso ver? / can I have a look at that?;
    vê-me isto  / take a look at this;
    ver página 25 / see page 25;
    o que é que ela vê nele? what does she see in him?

    2. (televisão, cinema) to watch; (programa, filme) to watch, to see;
    Examples: ver televisão / to watch television;
    viste o jogo? / did you see the match?

    3. (reparar) to notice

    4. (perceber) to know; to understand; to see;
    Examples: ver as coisas como elas são / to see things as they are;
    ela não vê as coisas da mesma forma / she doesn't look at it that way;
    não ver bem a questão / to miss the point;
    não vês que...? / don't you see...?;
    vais ver que é fácil / it's easy, you'll see;
    estou a ver que tenho de ter mais cuidado / I'll have to be more careful

    5. (verificar) to see; to check;
    Example:vê se é esse o caso / check if that is the case

    6. (encontrar) to meet; to see;
    Examples:espero vê-lo mais vezes I hope to see more of you;
    mal o vi / I hardly saw him

    7. (visitar) to visit; to see; to call on;
    Example: foram vê-lo ao hospital they went to see him at hospital

    8. (suportar) to stand; to bear;
    Example: não o posso ver à frente / I can't stand the sight of him

    9. (considerar) to consider; to think;
    Example: ela vê-o como um amigo/ she looks on him as a friend

    10. (imaginar) to imagine; to see;
    Example: não o consigo ver como médico/ I can't see him as a doctor

    verbo intransitivo
    1. ver bem: to have good sight;
    2. ver mal: to have trouble seeing;
    3. vejo mal ao perto: I'm long-sighted;
    4. vejo mal ao longe: I'm short-sighted;
    5. ver a dobrar: to see double;
    6. não se vê nada: you can't see a thing;
    7. conseguir ver: to get a sight of



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