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    Default Re: Let me know the difference between some english sentences for foreign students.

    Hi,
    Only N1 is correct - it's the construction known as complex object: I saw her dancing etc.
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    Default Re: Let me know the difference between some english sentences for foreign students.

    Oh, in this case my example is not the best.
    We heard her unlock the door would be better.

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    Default Re: Let me know the difference between some english sentences for foreign students.

    Hello Humble,

    Why are another sentences incorrect?
    Please explain why.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Let me know the difference between some english sentences for foreign students.

    Sentence 1 is correct for the reason you stated (bare infinitive and/or object complement).

    Sentence 2 is incorrect unless the object becomes a relative clause:

    "...you will observe that something appears suddenly..."

    Sentence 3 is correct because the relative clause is in the future tense.

    I cannot imagine that any native English speaker will notice any difference in meaning among the three sentences.

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    Default Re: Let me know the difference between some english sentences for foreign students.

    Thank you so much, mykwyner.

    So can I omit "that" in your sentence, just like the sentence 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner
    Sentence 2 is incorrect unless the object becomes a relative clause:
    "...you will observe that something appears suddenly..."
    And why is "...you will observe something that appears suddenly..." incorrect? Because of tense?
    Last edited by Jay G.; 26-Jul-2006 at 05:49.

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