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    Question infinitive without to (passive)

    1. I saw him questioned by the police.
    2. I saw him be questioned by the police.
    3. I saw him to be questioned by the police.
    4. I saw him being questioned by the police.


    Which sentences above are correct & which are wrong? Could you tell me the difference in meaning between sentence 3 and sentence 4?


    Your help is cordially appreciated.

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    Default Re: infinitive without to (passive)

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    1. I saw him questioned by the police.
    2. I saw him be questioned by the police.
    3. I saw him to be questioned by the police.
    4. I saw him being questioned by the police.


    Which sentences above are correct & which are wrong? Could you tell me the difference in meaning between sentence 3 and sentence 4?


    Your help is cordially appreciated.
    4. is the most common, and probably the only one I'd use.
    3. is wrong
    1. and 2. might be acceptable in some places. They sound marginal to me.

    I'd like to hear others' opinions on 1. and 2.

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    Among 1, 2, 3, to me 1 is the most acceptable. 'see' as a verb has complex transitive complementation, SVOC, where C = inf. clause whose 'to be' is wiped away.
    I am not convinced that #3 is incorrect grammar. We just do not use 'to', although it is still there.

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    Default Re: infinitive without to (passive)

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Among 1, 2, 3, to me 1 is the most acceptable. 'see' as a verb has complex transitive complementation, SVOC, where C = inf. clause whose 'to be' is wiped away.
    I am not convinced that #3 is incorrect grammar. We just do not use 'to', although it is still there.
    Naturally I meant native speakers' opinions, svartnik. But your opinion on 3. is ... interesting! Is this common in Hungarian English?

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