Is it appropriate to say See you there if I won't be there myself?

For example, I say to my colleague:

See you at the concert!

I won't be at this concert, but I can watch it on TV and so see the colleague.

Or I'm saying to my friend:

See you on the football field!

I won't play, but I will be on stands watching my friend.

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    Personally, I wouldn't use it in this context. The natural response would be—"O, you're coming to the game?" etc. – ralph.m Jan 2 '16 at 22:49

Saying "See you on the field" is fine, because your friend knows you aren't a member of the team and therefore won't actually be ON the field. But when you tell someone you'll "See them there," it's usually understood that you're going to be "there" yourself.

In that context, I'd argue that saying "See you there" is very misleading, and your words could conceivably create confusion or make someone a little angry. But if the person you're talking to KNOWS you won't literally be there, then there's no problem.

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  • Well yeah, that's what I meant. Is it fine to say "See you on the field" if I'm actually not playing myself. Or to say "see you on the bench" (as a supporter for example), but I myself won't be on the same bench. – Omly Jan 5 '16 at 13:50

With regard to the first scenario, when you say "see you there" when addressing an audience member at a concert, the usual implication is that you'll be coming along for the same event and joining him/her in the audience (in immediate or close proximity). If all you're doing is watching the event on TV, a better expression would be "Hope to catch you on TV!" or something to that effect.

With regard to the second scenario, it's fine (as David's answer has stated). As a spectator at the game, you will definitely be seeing your friend on the pitch. The situation would be different if your friend were also a spectator, but you were only able to watch the game on live TV, in which case, the answer would be the same as what I've given for the first scenario.

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