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Reply to "Look (at) what you've done!"

Hi, Yasukotta,

I do see a slight semantic difference. With "at," the verb "look" is only physical in meaning, being equivalent to turning one's eyes in a certain direction.

Without "at," "look" can have, apart from the physical meaning, a more mental one, similar to "realize."

"Look who's here" does not mean "Look at the person who's here," but "See who's arrived." The same applies to "Look what you've done," being similar to "See what you've done."

In "Look where you're going," "look" is more like "pay attention to."

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