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    Default Past participle

    I saw her watch. + Her watch was broken.

    If we connect them into one sentence, it will be "I saw her watch broken."

    But can "I saw her broken watch." recognized as correct connection?

    Help me.

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    Default Re: Past participle

    "I saw her broken watch" is the only correct construction.

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    Default Re: Past participle

    Could you please explain why? At our school, "her broken watch" was also recognized as a correct answer with "her watch broken" on exam. It makes me mad.

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    Default Re: Past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by ju.ilkyu View Post
    Could you please explain why? At our school, "her broken watch" was also recognized as a correct answer with "her watch broken" on exam. It makes me mad.
    "I saw her watch (being) broken" is possible.

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    Default Re: Past participle

    So "I saw her broken watch" is not correct.

    Did I got it right?

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    Default Re: Past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by ju.ilkyu View Post
    So "I saw her broken watch" is not correct.

    Did I get it right?
    "I saw her broken watch" and "I saw her watch (being) broken" are both correct.

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    Default Re: Past participle

    Finally, only "I saw her broken watch" was recognized as only correct answer.

    The reason is :

    "broken" is used as adjective in this sentence, and adjective must be in front of a noun.

    Can you explain me how "watch (being) broken" is also correct? I have told my teacher that what if "being" is omitted, but he told me that in English, simpler is better. I really agree to this. please explain me! thank you

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    Default Re: Past participle

    "I saw the watch (being) broken" is a correct sentence, but an odd one. If you watched someone take a hammer, for example, and smash someone's watch, you could say that sentence. You saw the act of the watch being broken as it happened.

    But, more than likely, you would say "I saw John break your watch."

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    Default Re: Past participle

    Oh!!!

    Now I see it!! Thank you very very very very much!

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