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    Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    Here is a quotation from M. Swan "Practical English Usage":
    'If we say that something in the future is happening or is going to happen, it is usually already planned or decided, or it is starting to happen or we can see it coming now." p. 210

    "...it coming now" Why "is" isn`t used in this sentence?
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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    we can see it coming now.
    we can see it is coming now.

    Is there any difference?

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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    anyone?

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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    we can see it coming now.
    we can see it is coming now.

    Is there any difference?
    To my mind, without "is" this sentence is incorrect.

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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    To my mind, without "is" this sentence is incorrect.
    Why?

    I see no difference between them.

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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    we can see it coming now.
    we can see it is coming now.

    Is there any difference?
    There is no difference.

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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    To my mind, without "is" this sentence is incorrect.
    No, it is perfectly correct.

    Here are three common constructions with "see":

    see (that) sth is coming
    see sth coming
    see sth come

    The first, I would say, means to have visual evidence of the truth of the statement. The second and third involve direct perception of the situation of something coming. In the second that situation unfolds gradually, while in the third it is perceived as a whole.

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    Re: Could you give me an explanation of this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    No, it is perfectly correct.

    Here are three common constructions with "see":

    see (that) sth is coming
    see sth coming
    see sth come

    The first, I would say, means to have visual evidence of the truth of the statement. The second and third involve direct perception of the situation of something coming. In the second that situation unfolds gradually, while in the third it is perceived as a whole.
    Thanks a lot!

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