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    Default saw him entering/ he was entering the room

    I saw him entering the room (on tiptoes).
    Could we say the above sentence this way without changing its meaning:
    I saw (that) he was entering the room (on tiptoes).

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    Default Re: saw him entering/ he was entering the room

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I saw him entering the room (on tiptoes).
    Could we say the above sentence this way without changing its meaning:
    I saw (that) he was entering the room (on tiptoes).

    Thank you.
    Yes...but the first sentence is the best one.

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    Default Re: saw him entering/ he was entering the room

    I saw him entering the room (on tiptoes).
    The first sentence is a matter-of-fact observation.
    I saw (that) he was entering the room (on tiptoes).
    The second sentence emphasizes that it was on tip-toes, that it seemed odd or suspicious. He was probably up to no good because he was trying not to be heard as he entered by walking on tip-toe.
    Take this sentence:
    I saw that he entered the room.
    Here, in effect, the speaker is saying, I observed that he did not just stand at the door/that he did not just knock on the door, but that he actually entered the room.
    By placing "on his tip-toes" at the end of the sentence, the emphasis then shifts from 'that he entered' to 'he did it on tip-toes'
    Note : one can say both 'on tip-toes' or 'on tip-toe'
    Last edited by David L.; 11-Dec-2007 at 14:18.

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