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    Default 2 verbs in the same sentence

    I'm really not understand what the situation for 2 verbs that can be used in a 1 sentence .

    As the below example I found form a book :

    Violet made a face when all she saw inside was a funny-looking piece of paper.

    ( Violet opened the present and found a piece of paper inside)

    Why the 'saw' & 'was' appeared in the same sentence as the verbs ?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: 2 verbs in the same sentence

    "I'm (do not) really not understand what the situation (is) for 2 verbs that can be used in a 1 sentence .

    As (in) the (example) below example I found form (from) a book :

    Violet made a face when all she saw inside was a funny-looking piece of paper.

    ( Violet opened the present and found a piece of paper inside)

    Why the 'saw' & 'was' appeared in the same sentence as the verbs ?

    Thanks

    Possible answer: Ellipsis - there is part of the sentence removed probably for being self-evident. The full sentence should read:

    Violet made a face when all (that) she saw inside was a funny-looking piece of paper.

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    Default Re: 2 verbs in the same sentence

    Maybe the answer's easier than that. She saw something. + It was a piece of paper. => Two verbs

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    Default Re: 2 verbs in the same sentence

    I went to see what was going on outside because I heard a noise.

    That's five verbs in one sentence. Where have your heard/read/seen that you can only have one verb in a sentence?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Every verb has its own common patterns. You have to learn how to use every verb. Yes you can conjugate 2 verbs in a single sentence. In this sentence 'saw' & 'was' this to conjugate in one sentence.

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    Default Re: 2 verbs in the same sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I went to see what was going on outside because I heard [ my dog was whining/barking?]
    Oops! There go some more possibilities .....

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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-May-2013 at 23:21.

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