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