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    Which tense is correct?

    Which verb form of to cross-examine is the right one in the following dependent clause?

    We saw the plaintiff cross-examining an officer of the company.
    We saw the plaintiff cross-examine an officer of the company.

    Both sound right to me but I'm sure that one is wrong.

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    Re: Which tense is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    Which verb form of to cross-examine is the right one in the following dependent clause?

    We saw the plaintiff cross-examining an officer of the company.
    We saw the plaintiff cross-examine an officer of the company.

    Both sound right to me but I'm sure that one is wrong.
    Both are correct.

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    Re: Which tense is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    Which verb form of to cross-examine is the right one in the following dependent clause?

    We saw the plaintiff cross-examining an officer of the company.
    We saw the plaintiff cross-examine an officer of the company.

    Both sound right to me but I'm sure that one is wrong.
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    Ulysses,


    (1) The moderator has given you and me the answer.

    (2) May I respectfully add my two cents -- as a non-teacher?

    (3) It is only my opinion that there may be a difference:

    (a) We saw the plaintiff cross-examining an officer. =

    That may mean that we saw part of the cross-examination.

    Perhaps the cross-examination started at 10 a.m. and continued

    to 11 a.m. We could have entered the courtroom at 10:15 and

    stayed for 20 minutes before leaving.

    (b) We saw the plaintiff cross-examine an officer. = That may

    imply that we saw the whole cross-examination or at least that we

    walked in at, say, 10:15 and stayed until it ended.

    WARNING: a non-teacher's opinion.

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    Re: Which tense is correct?

    There may be a nuance of meaning but, as I said in answer to the OP's question, they are both correct.

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