her sight/ the sight of her

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Her sight or the sight of her.

Are they both interchangeable or the latter more correct than the former?
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    The sight of her makes me happy. -- I am pleased to see her.
    Her sight makes me happy. -- I am an eye surgeon, and am pleased that the operation I have performed on her eyes has gone well.


    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    The meaning is different in each case.

    "The sight of her makes me happy" = when I see her, I am happy.

    "Her sight makes me happy" = her faculty of vision/ability to see things makes me happy.
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