see/watch Christmas lights

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EdisonBhola

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Korean
I always hear people say 'see Christmas lights', not 'watch Christmas lights'. I don't understand what is wrong with 'watch'. If we see attentively, we can say 'watch', am I right?
 
  • Forero

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    I might ride around to look at Christmas lights, which suggests I would be attentive to them (when I am not driving), but it is still most natural to say I am riding around to see Christmas lights.

    However, I might watch Christmas lights if they have a changing pattern, or to see if they stay on or off, or if I suspect something might happen to them.
     
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