Sight vs. Site
What is the difference?
are two commonly
in the English
language. When do you use each one?
Even though these two words are spelled differently and mean different
things, they are pronounced the same.
We'll go over examples and explanations to learn the difference.
is a noun
that refers to the ability to see
things. In this sense, it is a synonym
We often talk about our "sense of sight," which means our ability
to see. (We can talk about our "sense of smell" or "sense of taste" in
the same way.)
If his sight
(or eyesight) is not very good, he will need glasses to keep
reading on the computer!
We can also talk about the
in a particular city to talk about the monuments or
attractions. These are the things we want to see
When we are using this meaning, we very often use the phrase see the sights
When you travel to a new city, it's fun to see the sights
Let's look at some examples of these two meanings of the word sight
- His sight isn't very
good after all those years working as a stage actor under those bright
has been damaged by the very bright lights.
- You should get your sight
checked every year by a professional, especially if you already wear
get your vision
checked by an eye doctor.
love to see the sights
when I travel. I think my favorite attraction is the Taj Mahal.
love to see the monuments
or famous buildings in new cities.
is a noun that
We use it especially in formal contexts or when we are talking about
the place where something important happened.
For example, these ruins were the site
of many performances in ancient times.
We can also talk about the site
for a new building or for an event.
In all of these cases, site
is a more formal way of saying place.
- They need to buy some land first so they will have a site to build the
Example: They need to buy land so that they have a place to
build the new store.
- This beautiful field was the site of a very
important battle in Medieval times.
Example: This was the place
where an important battle happened in the Middle Ages.
- This is the site
where the peace treaty was signed.
where the treaty was signed.
And of course, we can use the word site
to talk about a "place" on the internet, a website
includes many pages. A page is one part of a site
that you can
look at on one screen, but the site
is much bigger.
So, if you
want lots more practice with English, you can look at more pages on the
Really Learn English site
These two words are difficult, but just remember that sight
talks about seeing
(the ability to see
or a place or monument that we want to see
about a place
or where something is built
in a formal context) or a website
We've seen that even though
these words sound
the same, their meaning and
are different. Now you've got it!
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