I’m having some trouble determining when to use olhar and ver. One of the review flash cards is “Nós olhamos para o homem” and another is “Nós vemos o jogo”. I know the first means “look at” and the other means “watch”. Other than that (and that they both sorta mean “see”), what is the difference?
My understanding is, as you have also already said, is that
- olhar = to look
- ver = to see / to watch
So olhar is “just” the action of looking at something, whereas ver implies either more scrutiny or actually understanding of what it is you’re seeing. So a bit like the difference between falar and dizer.
@Tomas explained it quite well
So if I’m in a store and the attendant asks if I need help, should I reply with
Estou só a ver
Estou só a olhar
@pwsteele, both would be acceptable, but we tend to prefer ver in that context