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    She was seen to be walking her dog

    She was seen to be walking her dog.
    Is the above sentence acceptable?

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    Re: She was seen to be walking her dog

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    She was seen to be walking her dog.
    Is the above sentence acceptable?
    Yes, it is.

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    Re: She was seen to be walking her dog

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it is.
    Acceptable, yes. But I'm not sure if it's what stifan means. If she was just 'seen walking her dog', that's what she was doing. If something is 'seen to be something' it refers to a realization after an initial general idea: In the box there was a scrap of paper. On closer inspection it was seen to be a bus ticket, with a telephone number written on the back.

    In the case of a woman walking a dog, the initial general might be of a figure in the distance, with what seemed to be a push-chair or a toddler. As she gets nearer, it is 'seen to be a woman walking a dog' - the picture has become clearer.

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