Meaning of see and be seen
See and be seen
So "to see" is the action of looking at something, to see something happening or just to see anything, etc.
"See" is a verb. So you use it when you look at something or want someone to see something;
Ex: "I see myself in front of the mirror"
Ex: "Can you see me from there?"
Ex: "See, that's what I told you about!"
To be seen means that someone looks at something, sees something.
"I've seen myself in front of the mirror for over 2 hours"
"Have you seen me from there?"
You can also make it as a passive voice.
Active voice: "Ann saw John near that tree last night"
Passive voice: "John was seen by Ann near that tree last night"
Another example: Active voice: "That man saw the murderer"
Passive voice: "The murderer was seen by that man"
See is a verb, sees is the present tense of this verb and seen is the past tense of the verb. Hope this helps.
I see blue sky. = Blue sky is seen (by me). Do you see the logic? The second sentence is in passive, and the usage of passive/active depends on what you want to emphasize. (Though, it is not a good example as "I see" usually means "I understand", and "I can see" means "I have a visual picture".)
But it works that way: Subject active verb object. ----> Object passive verb (by/with)subject.
Passive forms are made : be + -ed/3rd form of irregular verb .
You can saw see in a conversation. Like I can see you. But you never say you can be seen in a conversation. It is usually found in an advertisement. For celebrities or important people attending events. For example: Lady Gaga can be seen at Wal-mart this weekend shopping for a new pair of underwear.