Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Collocations With The Word See

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with 'see' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.


See clearly

When you 'see clearly', you perceive something in an unobstructed or obvious way.

Examples

  • Once I took a step back from the project, I could see clearly where I was going wrong.
  • We weren't sure about the extent of the company's financial problems, but the latest report has helped us to see things clearly.
  • Looking at this graph, you can clearly see that our profits have increased year-on-year.


See the point (of something)

If you 'see the point of something', you understand its reason or importance.

Examples

  • What good would it do to dig up the past? I just don't see the point.
  • I can't see the point in going back to university when the job I want doesn't require a degree.
  • At the time, I don't think any of my students saw the point of extra classes, but they were grateful for them when the exams started!


See about (something)

When you 'see about something', you look into, prepare for, or deal with it.

Examples

  • I'm meeting my bank manager today. I want to see about getting a loan.
  • Don't worry about the missing delivery. Henry is over at the suppliers right now seeing about it.
  • I'm not sure we have the license to use that software. Let me just see about that.


Glad to see

To be 'glad to see' means to be pleased that something happened or that you met with somebody. 

Examples

  • I was glad to see that Carol got that job. She really deserved it!
  • Last year was a difficult one for Eddie. He was glad to see it come to an end.
  • I hadn't talked to Anne for years, so I was really glad to see her yesterday.


Live to see (the day)

If you 'live to see the day', then you are still alive when something significant, impressive, or shocking happens. 

Examples

  • I never thought I would live to see the day those two countries made peace. The world is now a safer place.
  • I'm glad Gavin didn't live to see his family business going bankrupt. It would have broken his heart.
  • I bet you didn't think you'd live to see the day I finally graduated from university, did you?


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