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    1- I saw him to climb up the tree.
    2- I saw him climbing up the tree.
    Please, explain the difference in the meaning of the two sentences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    1- I saw him to climb up the tree.
    2- I saw him climbing up the tree.
    Please, explain the difference in the meaning of the two sentences.
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    1 tells me that you saw the whole event of his climbing up the tree, from beginning to end; 2 tells me that you were in the middle of his climbing up the tree, and I do not know whether you saw the event from beginning to end.

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    Default Re: Infinitive/participal



    I imagine the mistaken 'to' was due to a misinterpreted rule (assuming 'infinitve' meant 'to-infinitive' and not 'bare infinitive'.)

    Incidentally, the word is 'participle'. The OP's probably confusing it with 'principle' (which does have a '-pal' variant [but with an only distantly related meaning]).

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    Default Re: Infinitive/participal

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post


    I imagine the mistaken 'to' was due to a misinterpreted rule (assuming 'infinitve' meant 'to-infinitive' and not 'bare infinitive'.)

    Incidentally, the word is 'participle'. The OP's probably confusing it with 'principle' (which does have a '-pal' variant [but with an only distantly related meaning]).

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    Oh sorry, the spelling of 'participle' were written incorrectly because of haste. There is no such confusion in my mind as you mentioned.Thanks for pointing it out.

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