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Tina and Mary watch/look on as the reporter does a live report.

Hi. Are "watch" and "look on" interchangeable in this sentence?

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    Yes, they are pretty much interchangeable. Watch has more of a sense of it being deliberate, while looking on could be the action of bystanders who just happen to see what is going on. Sep 5, 2021 at 14:18

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Tina and Mary watch as the reporter does a live report.

Most likely this means that Tina and Mary are watching TV.

Tina and Mary look on as the reporter does a live report.

This means that Tina and Mary are at the location of the reporter doing the live report. You wouldn't use this one when watching TV.

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