How many of us can say that we have really seen life?
Many of us continue to see life (experience different and unexpected things in life) through our various involvements and opportunities that come our way. We need to be alert and attentive for a felt experience and chance in life, unlike Mark Twain, who once regretfully confessed,
“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it ceased to be one.”
When you see an opening or an opportunity, seize it.
You see, the word “see” – if you look at it more closely –
means more than simply what the physical eye can behold. No doubt, we are a very visual people since most of what we remember is pictured through the eye, but to see is to be able also to perceive with the heart, head, mind and body. A little word, but huge in its use because it allows for a more holistic perception by opening up dimensions beyond mere optics.
see is used to express different categories of meaning when applied to various situations such as in consultation, social visitation, inward comprehension and understanding, prediction and speculation, recognition, consideration, attendance, experience, regard, in giving support and in being instructional.
Many see-combinations carry multiple meanings, hence, context counts.
Let’s successfully see through (to work on something until completion) some uses of this said expression.
Note that this phrasal verb does not carry the same meaning as a see-through (transparent) blouse!
Then, when I say I will see you through your problems, it means I’ll give you my support. If, in the course of helping you I finally see through you and your little game, it means I realise the truth about you and am no longer deceived by what you are trying to do.
See is also used to express a form of understanding … or not.
Oh, I see is a common enough expression. Even if sometimes you don’t see the point of it at all, you say I see what you mean, or, don’t you see what he’s trying to do/say? Sometimes we see no reason (insensible) to use it at all, but we do, in our manner of speaking.
The same can be said of as I see it (in my opinion) which may matter … or not, so we can say I don’t see that it matters what he thinks. I may then plead with you to see reason by saying I don’t see why not while hoping that it might help you to see things in a new light (understand differently) or better still, see the light! (understand clearly.) See?
Then there is the wait and see expression which is all about an attempt to discover or speculate about something.
Others in this category include will you see if … ; see how it goes … ; I’ll see what I can do … ; let’s see if … ; we’ll see … However, you can’t shilly-shally when your boss asks you to see to something (deal with the matter at hand).
How about some lesser known informal see expressions?
When someone says he has to see a man about a dog, it has nothing to do with any dog. It simply means he doesn’t want to divulge what he is really doing. It could even mean he’s going to the toilet and doesn’t want you to know. And if I say I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Harry since last month, it means last month was the last occasion I saw him.
Since you are beginning to see what all this is about (find out) I’ll let you in on some scenes on the domestic front.
when my husband told me he had decided to disregard the doctor’s advice on his medication intake, I retorted: We’ll see about that! (I would prevent that from happening).
Then when my son asked me for a loan the other day, I told him I’ll see about it (consider it) and immediately after that I was seized by a fit of coughing. I had to see a doctor about it (consult) as it began to linger … the longer the loan loomed large in my mind!
Let’s see … (think briefly). Shall we count the ways? Oh, no, see how time flies! I’m running late, I need to see about lunch (prepare or attend to). Be seeing you … (informal way of saying goodbye).