Keeping a lookout for/watching for/looking for [Synonyms?]

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Tenacious Learner

Senior Member
Spanish
Hi teachers,
Would all of them have similar meanings?
They were
keeping a lookout for him on the roads and the airports and the houses of his family and friends.
They were keeping an eye for him on the roads and the airports and the houses of his family and friends.
They were watching for him on the roads and the airports and the houses of his family and friends.
They were looking for him on the roads and the airports and the houses of his family and friends.


Thanks in advance.
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    The last one sounds more like what police and volunteers do when someone has gone missing. The rest are not hugely different.

    Note in your second one it should be keeping an eye OUT for him.
     

    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hi suzi br,
    Thanks for your reply.
    The police are looking for Dinon in every town and village,’ Felix said quickly. ‘We’re watching the roads and the airports, and the houses of his family and friends …’

    By the way, Dinon is supposed to be a murderer. The idea is to write two questions:
    Where were the police searching for Dinon? In every town and village.
    Where were the police keeping an eye out for Dinon? On the roads and the airports, and the houses of his family and friends.

    TS
     
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