Hi, dear teachers. There is a question which I'm pondering. Truth be told, there are two sentences. I'd appreciate it deeply if you answer it.

"I can see your point".
Is it rather idiomatic?
Does it convey the notion that the respondent implies that he understands the main features of something and is not interested in any details?
Does it carry the idea that just fifty percents have been digested?

"I can see that".

This one, in my opinion, reveals nothing but "I understand" without any hints as to the extent of which the message has been perceived, does it?
Also, it can simply just affirm the fact that person is able to see something happening or going on. Am I right here?

And strictly speaking, they are quite the same only within identical context, are they not? Any additional examples will be of great help.

Thank you so much in advance.
"I (can) see your point" is a common idiom. It means something like "I understand the argument that you are trying to make, and I tend to agree with you about it, or I perhaps could be persuaded to agree with you." The "point" refers to the central idea or feature of an argument; however, the expression does not particularly imply that the speaker is uninterested in the detail or has failed to understand the detail.

"I (can) see that" is also a common idiom. It can mean "I can apprehend that this thing is happening or going on". More abstractly, it can mean "I understand how that argument works; I understand how that conclusion follows." In the latter sense, it can be used in similar situations to "I can see your point".

-- "Yeah, but if we do that then we risk being sued."

-- "I can see your point." / "I can see that."

The main difference that comes to mind is that "I can see your point" more strongly acknowledges the personal opinions or arguments of the person being addressed, while "I see that" refers in a more impersonal way to to the situation being considered.
Now, I get it. Thank you so much Mr.Wordy for such a detailed answer.Emotion: smile