If that is a genuine question, here is a genuine answer.  Of course they are
related:  one is aware of something one has perceived.

But "aware" is an adjective, and "perceive" is a verb.  To perceive is an
act.  To be aware is a state or condition.  One cannot say, for example, "I
am perceive of the souls of housemaids."  If it is changed to adjectival
form, it quite different:  "I am perceptive of the souls of housemaids."

And one may be aware of what one has not actually perceived, at least by
the senses.  The idea of an awareness of a god does not depend on
perceiving a god.  There is a mental awareness, and that is what the
speaker asserts (presumably it is not a direct sensual perception of the
souls of housemaids), and that is caused by some other form of
perceiving.  But the OED lists perceiving as "becoming aware of" in most
instances--i.e., the act of becoming conscious rather than the state of
consciousness.  It lists both active and passive ways of becoming

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This is not meant as a challenge, but simply as a discussion
point, to help Sara. It is a genuine question I have:

How does one become conscious of something,
if one does not perceive it? Surely there
is a close relationship between the two,
and the correct choice of word for translation
in any given situation might depend on the context.
Saying "I am aware" can mean, "I am becoming aware"
as in "I am suddenly aware of someone in the room."


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From: Nancy Gish
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Dear Sara,

I would have to look at other examples, but in this one it does not mean
either realize or perceive.  It means simply "conscious of."  If you check
an American dictionary, "conscious" and "cognizant" are given as synonyms.
It does not involve the action of either realize or perceive; one simply
is cognizant of the presence of. . . .   I cannot imagine a context in
which it would require perceiving or realizing, except that one must be
aware of something to do either or one must perceive to be aware of. They
are interconnected, but the consciousness is key.

A person may be "aware" as an adjective in the sense of "alert" or
"watchful," but that would not fit this context.

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Hello --
I've been wondering about Eliot's use of the expression 'I'm aware'. He
used it very often, for instance in 'Morning at the Window'. In which
sense is that 'aware' used? Does it mean something like 'realise' or more
like 'perceive'? (it's always about my Italian translations, so the
meaning must be totally clear). Thanks to whoever can give advice --
Cheers -- Sara