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    need help with...

    Hi! Please tell me what's the difference between constructions like

    I've seen them coming

    and

    I've seen them come

    ?

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    Smile Re: need help with...

    Quote Originally Posted by b.a.d. View Post
    hi! Please tell me what's the difference between constructions like

    i've seen them coming (i was in the middle of the process of their coming; i may not know where they finally got)

    and

    i've seen them come (i witnessed the whole process of their coming; i know where they got)

    ?
    :-d

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    Re: need help with...

    Wow! Thanks )))

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    Smile Re: need help with...

    Quote Originally Posted by b.a.d. View Post
    Wow! Thanks )))
    You're welcome.

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    #5

    Re: need help with...

    Here's another possiblity:

    I've seen them coming:

    I live in a mountain community where many residents only come for the summer holidays. I've seen them coming (and going) for many years.

    and/or:

    I live in a mountain community where many residents only come for the summer holidays. I've seen them come (and go) for many years.

    In both cases, the speaker is describing his/her experience of a seasonally repeated action. There is no significant difference between the two statements.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Re: need help with...

    thank you )))

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