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    Acts 10:11 He saw heaven opened
    (Rev 19:11). I saw heaven opened


    Can anyone enlighten me why is it that that it is 'opened' after 'saw'? I thought it should be 'open' since 'saw' is causative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silly One View Post
    Acts 10:11 He saw heaven opened
    (Rev 19:11). I saw heaven opened


    Can anyone enlighten me why is it that that it is 'opened' after 'saw'? I thought it should be 'open' since 'saw' is causative.

    Thank you!
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    In my opinion, 'I saw heaven opened' could mean that heaven was already open when I saw it, whereas 'I saw heaven open' could mean either that or that I saw it as it was opening', so the choice of opened would avoid ambiguity.
    Last edited by Hedwig; 20-Aug-2011 at 17:52. Reason: typo

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    "I saw heaven opened" could mean I saw heaven in the process of being opened by something or somebody.

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    Default Re: Causative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Silly One View Post
    Acts 10:11 He saw heaven opened
    (Rev 19:11). I saw heaven opened


    Can anyone enlighten me why is it that that it is 'opened' after 'saw'? I thought it should be 'open' since 'saw' is causative.

    Thank you!
    How is "saw" causative in these examples?

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