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    Default I saw a robbery took place... Is it correct?

    Is it correct to write:

    I saw a robbery took place at Henrys Jewellery.

    Thanks very much.

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    Say: "I saw a robbery take place."

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    Default Re: I saw a robbery took place... Is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    Is it correct to write:
    I saw a robbery took place at Henrys Jewellery.
    Here are some other forms:

    1) The robbery, I saw, took place near my house. (OK)
    ==> 'robbery' takes the verb 'took place'.

    2) I saw a robbery, which took place... (OK)
    ==> 'robbery' acts as the object of 'was' and also as the subject of 'took place': I saw a robbery; the robbery took place...

    3) I saw a robbery take place. (OK)
    ==> 'robbery' acts as the object of 'saw'. 'take place' acts as an adjective modifying 'robbery'. Adjectives are not inflected for number or tense:

    4) I saw a robbery took place. (Not OK)
    ==> 'took place' is inflected. It shouldn't be.

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    Thanks very very much for the list of other forms of writing the answer. ^o^

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    Cas is very thorough.

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    So, is it correct to use the preposition "at" in the sentence?

    I saw a robbery which took place/take place at Henrys Jewellery.

    What about the preposition used in the following sentence. Is it correct? Thanks again for helping! ^o^

    Last Saturday, there were many people shopping in the Henrys Jewellery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    So, is it correct to use the preposition "at" in the sentence?

    I saw a robbery which took place/take place at Henrys Jewellery.
    Yes. It's ok. The preposition 'at' refers to a point in space, whereas the preposition 'in' refers to inside:

    Examples:
    At the bank. (a point in space)
    In the bank. (inside the bank)

    What about the preposition used in the following sentence.

    Last Saturday, there were many people shopping in the Henry's Jewellery store.
    It's ok. The people were in(side) the Jewellery store. You could also use 'shopping at the Henry's Jewellery store' and it would also mean they were inside the store.

    Either 'in' or 'at' is ok. Speakers choose one over the other on the basis of to how they conceptualize space. 'at' is simple. It's a general point; 'in' is intrusive: it tells people exactly where you are.

    Let's say a friend calls you on your cell phone and asks you where you are. You could say, "I'm at the store" (at a general location) or "I'm in the store" (inside the store). If you use 'in' you're giving your friend a picture of the 3D space in(side) the store. With that picture in mind, your friend may ask, "So what are you doing in(side) the store?". It's in that way, that using 'in' is different from using 'at'.

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    Default Re: I saw a robbery took place... Is it correct?

    I would have said:
    I saw a robbery TAKING place at Henrys Jewellery.
    Or is that wrong?

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    Default Re: I saw a robbery took place... Is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raddox
    I would have said:
    I saw a robbery TAKING place at Henrys Jewellery.
    Or is that wrong?
    It's great :D

    I saw this happen vs. I saw this happening.

    Both 'take' and 'taking' are fine.

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    Thanks very much for the detailed explanation.^o^

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