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    #1

    are seen or they see

    "The boys are seen playing football."

    OR

    "They see the boys playing football."

    Which grammar construction is more common? If possible of course.

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    #2

    Re: are seen or they see

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "The boys are * seen playing football."

    OR

    "They * see the boys playing football."

    Which grammar construction is more common? If possible of course.
    Both seem a little strange in isolation. The insertion of an adverb of frequency where I have placed the asterisk makes them more natural-sounding.

    In general, active forms are far more frequently encountered than passive forms.

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