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    Default "watch + pronoun/noun + verb (present plural)" construction Q

    Ex1. I watched the bus disappear into the corner.

    Ex2. I watched him do his homework.

    Ex3. I watched Mary work on her project.

    Q. What is the grammatical construction for the watch + noun/pronoun + verb (present plural form)?
    I would like to know why the verb is in present plural form. Is thre something shortened or missing?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: "watch + pronoun/noun + verb (present plural)" construction Q

    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: "watch + pronoun/noun + verb (present plural)" construction Q

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Ex1. I watched the bus disappear into the corner.

    Is thre something shortened or missing?

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, vcolts:

    I believe that the answer is:

    After certain verbs, native speakers accept only the bare infinitive (the infinitive without "to").

    Thus, "I watched the bus disappear around the corner."

    Another example: "The teacher made the naughty boy stay after class for one hour."


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: "watch + pronoun/noun + verb (present plural)" construction Q

    While the present plural may look like the bare infinitive, try to think of it as the bare infinitive. It will help you in other cases, such as the verb form that follows modals.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "watch + pronoun/noun + verb (present plural)" construction Q

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    After certain verbs, native speakers accept only the bare infinitive (the infinitive without "to").

    Thus, "I watched the bus disappear around the corner."
    Whilst it is true that we do not use the present simple, we can sometimes use an -ing form, with a slightly different meaning:

    I watched him doing his homework

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