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Question by Priscilla
Submitted on 1/30/2004
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What  difference  do  you  make  between  I  can  see  the  moutain  and  I  see  the  moutain?Try  to  explain  to  me  what  happens  in  your  mind  when  you  add  can.Do  you  think  that  there's  a  change  of  meaning,and  what  change?

Answer by chazzz
Submitted on 5/11/2004
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An English person would almost always use "I can see the mountain"
Someone from the U.S. would probably say "I see the mountain"
The meaning would be the same in both cases.

Probably the only time someone from England would use "I see" is to indicate that the action is habitual, e.g. "I see my grandchildren three times a year."
The exception to this is where 'see' is a synonym for 'understand' as in "I see what you mean".


Answer by mARCO
Submitted on 12/5/2005
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