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    What's the difference between ...

    What's the difference between the following words?
    следить
    смотреть
    наблюдать

    I typed the word "watch" into my on-line dictionary and 20 different words came out. These are the top three.
    Thanks in advance
    Я взял палку и нож, мелки и бумагу и направился к холмам.

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    следить - to follow, spy, look after
    смотреть - to look, watch
    наблюдать - to observe

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    watch is also наблюдать, и следить тоже (смотреть за кем-то).

    Watch him and be careful lest he should notice you.! -- Наблюдай/следи за ним и повнимательней, как бы не заметил тебя. Можно же так сказать?

    Observe is also наблюдать, но скорее "обозревать" какое-то большое пространство. Например наблюдать окрестности с крыши, быть дозорным на наблюдательной вышке.
    -- Да? Коту Ваське, бл##?
    -- Нет, Я кот Васька :-/

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