1. I didn't see them go
2.I didn't see them going
what's the difference between these two sentences
They both convey the same meaning, but you could make a small emphasis if the action of leaving involved something more than just leaving. For example, in 1 the statement is clear and unambiguous, in 2 if the leaving involved a longer period of time with protracted goodbyes which you might have been expected to witness at least in part then that could be slightly better. But it is a very, very fine difference.
thanks i got that but one confusion is that if a person is telling someone that- i didn't see them going than does it also mean that he was also in process of going while seeing at someone and if not then what would be the correct statement for that
Last edited by Barb_D; 02-Feb-2011 at 20:37.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.