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WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
scene - sight - view - landscape - scenery
‘scene’
The noun scene has several meanings.
It can refer to a part of a play, film, or novel.
Do you know the balcony scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’?
It was like a scene from a Victorian novel.
The scene of an accident or crime is the place where it happened.
They were only a few miles from the scene of the crime.
You can describe something as a scene of a particular kind when you are giving your impression of the things that are happening there at a particular time.
I entered the room to be greeted by a scene of domestic tranquillity.
The sun rose over a scene of terrible destruction.
‘sight’
You use sight to give your impression of the appearance of a particular thing or person.
A volcano erupting is a spectacular sight.
With his ragged clothes and thin face, he was a pitiful sight.
You can use the plural form sights to refer to the interesting things that there are to see in a particular place.
Did you have time to see the sights while you were in Moscow?
A guide offered to show us the sights.
There are some other nouns that are commonly used to refer to things that people see:
‘view’
View is used to refer to what you can see from a window or high place.
Her bedroom window looked out on to a superb view of London.
From the top of the hill there is a fine view.
‘landscape’
The landscape is what you can see around you when you are travelling through an area of land. You can use this word whether the area is attractive or not.
The landscape around here is very flat.
The train passed through the industrial landscape of eastern Massachusetts.
‘scenery’
Scenery refers to what you see around you in an attractive part of the countryside.
We stopped on the way to admire the scenery.
I think Scotland has the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Be careful
Scenery is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about ‘sceneries’ or ‘a scenery’.
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