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    Dear Teacher,

    There is one sentence from yours tests.

    It was Paul; I saw him ........ it

    to do or doing

    I do not understand why correct answer for this question is "to do".
    I was taught about 2 tenses in one sentence and one must be continuous.
    Please, explain it to me.

    Best regards
    Jola

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    Default Re: please explain it to me

    I saw him do it => you saw the whole action, from the beginning to the end. Hence you know for sure he did it.
    I saw him doing it => you saw a part of the action (you "caught" him doing it), but you don't know if he finished or not.

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    Default Re: please explain it to me

    Well, both are OK, Jolik.

    "I saw him doing it" is fine, Jolik, but the example sentence implies the simple present tense:

    Simple Sentence: Paul did it.
    Cleft Sentence: It was Paul (that did it).
    Simple Sentence: I saw Paul do it.
    Cleft Sentence: It was Paul (that I saw do it).

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