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    See + verb-ing ?

    I read a novel saying that "I saw her disappear"
    Why not "disappearing" ?

    But I noticed that it sometimes said "I see him walking to school"

    Therefore, why is it sometimes added "ing" and sometime not ?


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    Exclamation Re: See + verb-ing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Assassin View Post
    I read a novel saying that "I saw her disappear"
    Why not "disappearing" ?

    But I noticed that it sometimes said "I see him walking to school"

    Therefore, why is it sometimes added "ing" and sometime not ?


    Thanks
    The verb 'see' can take both an infinitive or "ing" form but with a slightly change in meaning.
    If we want to say that we saw the whole action from beginning to end, we usually use bare infinitive which is the case with your example and a similar one below.
    I saw him work in the field.

    If we want to say that only we saw part of the action, use -ing form
    I saw the consultant waiting in reception.
    (I saw the consultant. He was waiting in reception.)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 01-Jan-2010 at 09:45.

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    Re: See + verb-ing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The verb 'see' can take both an infinitive or gerund
    A slight inaccuracy: the -ing form in this construction is a participle, not a gerund.

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    Re: See + verb-ing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Assassin View Post
    I read a novel saying that "I saw her disappear"
    Why not "disappearing" ?

    But I noticed that it sometimes said "I see him walking to school"

    Therefore, why is it sometimes added "ing" and sometime not ?


    Thanks

    Not a teacher.


    Many verbs take... verb + bare infinitive form.

    Examples: I helped him achieve it.
    I saw him go there
    I heard her sing.
    I felt someone touch my hand.

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