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    Default to enter or entering after "see"

    May I ask which of the following ones is correct?

    It has been proved that he was seen to enter the building.
    It has been proved that he was seen entering the building.

    Thanks for helping.

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    Default Re: to enter or entering after "see"

    Both are correct.

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    Default Re: to enter or entering after "see"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both are correct.
    Tell me more, tell me more...
    the reasons?

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    Default Re: to enter or entering after "see"

    'To be seen to do something' is correct it means the same as 'To be seen doing something' it works only in the passive voice, you can't say 'I saw him to do something' for example, but you can say 'I saw him doing something.'

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    Default Re: to enter or entering after "see"

    Hi Bhaisahab,
    Is it possible that the partciple focuses on the moment the person was entering the building while the infinitive lays stress on the fact that he did come in?

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    Default Re: to enter or entering after "see"

    Yes, you are right Clark.

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