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    see him play or see him playing

    "I see them play soccer."

    OR

    "I see them playing soccer."

    Is there a difference between these two?

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    #2

    Question Re: see him play or see him playing

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I see them play soccer."

    OR

    "I see them playing soccer."

    Is there a difference between these two?


    *not a teacher*
    In English the two forms are both used, while a verb-ing form emphasises the duration of the activity.

    "I saw them playing football."
    "I saw her leave the room."

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    Re: see him play or see him playing

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
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    In English the two forms are both used, while a verb-ing form emphasises the duration of the activity.

    "I saw them playing football."
    "I saw her leave the room."
    What would be the difference?

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    Re: see him play or see him playing

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be the difference?
    Mehrgan said it: a verb-ing form emphasises the duration of the activity.

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    Re: see him play or see him playing

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I see them play soccer."

    OR

    "I see them playing soccer."

    Is there a difference between these two?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Here are two sentences that may shed some light on the

    matter. Many teachers use these two sentences.

    I saw Tom cross the street. = I saw him walk completely

    across the street.

    I saw Tom crossing the street. = I saw him in the street,

    but I do not know whether he actually finished the action.

    (Maybe I had stopped paying attention to him because something

    else attracted my attention and I turned my head away.)

    *****

    In your two sentences, probably the past would be more

    common:

    I saw Tom play soccer yesterday. = You went to the soccer

    field and watched the game.

    I saw Tom playing soccer yesterday. = You walked by the football

    field yesterday and just happened to see Tom in action. But you

    may have quickly continued on your way.

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    Re: see him play or see him playing

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    (1) Here are two sentences that may shed some light on the

    matter. Many teachers use these two sentences.

    I saw Tom cross the street. = I saw him walk completely

    across the street.

    I saw Tom crossing the street. = I saw him in the street,

    but I do not know whether he actually finished the action.

    (Maybe I had stopped paying attention to him because something

    else attracted my attention and I turned my head away.)

    *****

    In your two sentences, probably the past would be more

    common:

    I saw Tom play soccer yesterday. = You went to the soccer

    field and watched the game.

    I saw Tom playing soccer yesterday. = You walked by the football

    field yesterday and just happened to see Tom in action. But you

    may have quickly continued on your way.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****
    How about the present simple?

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    Re: see him play or see him playing

    [QUOTE=ostap77;670694]How about the present simple?[/QUOTE

    What do you think about the first post given above?

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    #8

    Re: see him play or see him playing

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How about the present simple?
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    (1) Possibly present tense sentences might be:

    Every day before I return home, I drop by the soccer field and watch

    them play soccer for 30 minutes. Then I have to leave in order to get

    home in time to help my wife cook dinner.

    *****

    I take the No. 4 bus home every day. When the bus passes the

    high school, I always see them out on the field playing soccer.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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