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    see people [kiss/kissed]

    Julie doesn't like to see people _____ on the screen.
    (A) kiss (B) kissed (C) have kissed (D) to kiss
    Option A is correct. But what's wrong with option B? I think option B is grammatically correct, isn't it?

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Julie doesn't like to see people _____ on the screen.
    (A) kiss (B) kissed (C) have kissed (D) to kiss
    Option A is correct. But what's wrong with option B? I think option B is grammatically correct, isn't it?
    What I can say:
    That's the rule.
    I don't like to see people kiss on the screen.(without 'to')
    She makes me cry.(without 'to')
    I let you go there.(without 'to')

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Julie doesn't like to see people _____ on the screen.
    (A) kiss (B) kissed (C) have kissed (D) to kiss
    Option A is correct. But what's wrong with option B? I think option B is grammatically correct, isn't it?
    When you say "grammatically correct" - well, yes, but only with an unlikely understanding of the verb 'kiss'. What Julie most probably doesn't like is seeing people kissing each other.

    But imagine a film like this: the scene is a Thanksgiving party when all the family have come together - even Great Aunt Mabel from overseas. When she arrives she insists on kissing all her grand-nephews and -nieces. The scene of her arrival shows a line of unfortunate children waiting to be kissed, some with a handful of Kleenex at the ready, and one hiding under the stairs. Then you could say "Julie doesn't like to see people kissed..."; it's an elided form of "doesn't like to see people being kissed".

    Otherwise whitemoon is right.

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    When you say "grammatically correct" - well, yes, but only with an unlikely understanding of the verb 'kiss'. What Julie most probably doesn't like is seeing people kissing each other.

    But imagine a film like this: the scene is a Thanksgiving party when all the family have come together - even Great Aunt Mabel from overseas. When she arrives she insists on kissing all her grand-nephews and -nieces. The scene of her arrival shows a line of unfortunate children waiting to be kissed, some with a handful of Kleenex at the ready, and one hiding under the stairs. Then you could say "Julie doesn't like to see people kissed..."; it's an elided form of "doesn't like to see people being kissed".

    Otherwise whitemoon is right.

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    Ususally the "Kiss" scenes on screens feature a hot girl and a cool guy.

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Irrelevant thought: hot/cool - interesting contrast...

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Irrelevant thought: hot/cool - interesting contrast...

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    Let's hope this don't make for tepid kissing.

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Let's hope this don't make for tepid kissing.
    Some like it hot.

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. (a) Julie doesn't like to see people kissed by Peter.
    (b) Julie doesn't like to see Peter kiss Peter.
    2. (a) Julie doesn't like to see people being kissed by Peter.
    (b) Julie doesn't like to see Peter kissing Peter.
    1(b) is not an elided from of 2(b). Neither is 1(a) an elided from of 2(a).
    If you insert an object, yes. I was addressing the OP. Occasionally I try to do no more than answer someone's question.

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    Re: see people [kiss/kissed]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Excuse me. What is the OP?
    The original post.

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