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    Hi, I was being told the word “change” in the sentence “ I hated to see it change” is a noun. Can someone please explain to me why “change” is a noun in this sentence? Thanks  

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    Hi, I was being told the word “change” in the sentence “ I hated to see it change” is a noun. Can someone please explain to me why “change” is a noun in this sentence? It's not a noun; it's a verb.

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    Hi, I was being told the word “change” in the sentence “ I hated to see it change” is a noun. Can someone please explain to me why “change” is a noun in this sentence? Thanks  
    It is a noun here because it means the alteration or the variation.
    The sentence could be:
    The change is what I hated to see. The change in it is what I hated to see.
    If it was the verb to change then the sentence would be:
    I hated to see it changing, which does not mean the same.
    Changing implies a continuing action whereas the change is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    It is a noun here because it means the alteration or the variation. I disagree.
    The sentence could be: But the grammar is completely different in the following two sentences.The change is what I hated to see. The change in it is what I hated to see.
    If it was the verb to change then the sentence would be:
    I hated to see it changing, which does not mean the same.
    Changing implies a continuing action whereas the change is finished. I don't agree. If I say 'I hated to see him cry.', the hating was occurring at the same time as the crying.

    'I hated to see it (insert noun here).' makes no sense.
    'I hated to see its change.' would make sense, and in this sentence "change" is a noun.
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    "change" doesn't seem like a noun to me. However, if "change" is a verb, what is "see" then? I understand some infinitives are followed by gerund but this doesn't seem like one of those cases. Also, why is "change" in present tense? why not in past tensen so that it'll agree with "hated".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichiro_canada View Post
    "change" doesn't seem like a noun to me. However, if "change" is a verb, what is "see" then? "see" is also a verb, as is "hated". I understand some infinitives are followed by gerund but this doesn't seem like one of those cases. Also, why is "change" in present tense? why not in past tensen so that it'll agree with "hated". All the verbs in a sentence don't have to be the same tense.
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    'Change' is a bare infinitive, so it will show no tense or number:
    I hated to see him die (not dies or died).

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