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    #1

    Smile "They saw the car stop" OR "They saw the car stopped"

    Dear All,

    I'm puzzled over these two sentences.

    Could you please explain me the difference between "They saw the car stop" and "They saw the car stopped" .

    Are they both gramatically correct?

    Thanks in advance


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    Re: "They saw the car stop" OR "They saw the car stopped"

    Quote Originally Posted by okaplan View Post
    Dear All,

    I'm puzzled over these two sentences.

    Could you please explain me the difference between "They saw the car stop" and "They saw the car stopped" .

    Are they both grammatically correct?

    Thanks in advance
    Yes, they are, O.

    "They saw the car stop"

    On its own.

    "They saw the car stopped"

    by somebody, eg. by the police. With more context, this MIGHT have other meanings.


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    Re: "They saw the car stop" OR "They saw the car stopped"

    Thank you for the explanation. Now it is clear.

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    Re: "They saw the car stop" OR "They saw the car stopped"

    One of those other meanings could be something like 'they saw the car stopped at the traffic lights', which would mean that they did not see the action of slowing down and stopping, but they did see it when it was already stationary.

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