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    we see them do, we see them doing?

    I am confused a little bit, they both sound correct. What is the difference between them?

    What I want to use this sentence for is a movie review: The movie is about a magician who performs a number of tricks in a small town and we see his tricks unfold/unfolding through the film ..

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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    If the film is about "a magician" then we "see him doing tricks".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If the film is about "a magician" then we "see him doing tricks".
    I still want to know the difference and everything. Plus, I need to use my original sentence, the movie is all about revealing the tricks!

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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria311 View Post
    I am confused a little bit, they both sound correct. What is the difference between them?

    What I want to use this sentence for is a movie review: The movie is about a magician who performs a number of tricks in a small town and we see his tricks unfold/unfolding through the film ..
    Are you talking about "unfold" and "unfolding". I don't find much difference between them and either could work, in my opinion.

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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    Your thread title talked about "we see them do, we see them doing". If that's not your question, why did you make it the title?
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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your thread title talked about "we see them do, we see them doing". If that's not your question, why did you make it the title?
    I used "do" because it's a general verb to make my question clearer in the title. It's the exact same thing, it's not the verb I'm asking about!

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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    The best way to indicate that is to write "to seem them xxxx or to see them xxxx-ing".

    If it's any help, my flatmate (an ex-magician) said that he would only refer to "performing tricks/effects".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: we see them do, we see them doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria311 View Post
    I used "do" because it's a general verb to make my question clearer in the title. It's the exact same thing, it's not the verb I'm asking about!
    "We saw him perform tricks" and "We saw him performing tricks" are both correct.

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