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    past participle or bare infinitive?

    s1. He saw a large crowd assembled at the edge of town.

    s2. He saw a large crowd assemble[assembling] at the edge of town.

    Which one is grammatically right? Or Are both right?

    The original text is s1. but I think s2 can be right.

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    Re: past participle or bare infinitive?

    He saw a large crowd assembled at the edge of town. - They had already assembled
    He saw a large crowd assemble at the edge of town. - He watched them assemble, from start to finish.
    He saw a large crowd assembling at the edge of town. He watched them for part of the time in which they were assembling.

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    Re: past participle or bare infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    He saw a large crowd assembled at the edge of town. - They had already assembled
    He saw a large crowd assemble at the edge of town. - He watched them assemble, from start to finish.
    He saw a large crowd assembling at the edge of town. He watched them for part of the time in which they were assembling.
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