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    Cool didn't see you come/coming

    Hello!

    Can we use the infinitive and gerund forms interchangeably here, please?

    "Oh, I didn't see you come/coming".

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: didn't see you come/coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we use the infinitive and gerund forms interchangeably here, please?

    "Oh, I didn't see you come/coming".

    Thank you very much.

    Will
    Il nous faut du context.

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    Re: didn't see you come/coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    Il nous faut du context.
    "contexte"

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    Re: didn't see you come/coming

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "contexte"
    Spelling was never my forte, especially in French; diacritical marks are optional for me.

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    Re: didn't see you come/coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we use the infinitive and gerund forms interchangeably here, please?

    "Oh, I didn't see you come/coming".

    Thank you very much.

    Will
    We would like some context in English please!

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    Cool Re: didn't see you come/coming

    Thank you.

    Let's imagine someone puts their hand on my shoulder, startles me and turning around I say : "Oh I didn't see you come" (I would use "come" in this case, am I right? )

    Thank you
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    Re: didn't see you come/coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thank you.

    Let's imagine someone puts their hand on my shoulder, startles me and turning around I say : "Oh I didn't see you come" (I would use "come" in this case, am I right? )

    Thank you
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    If someone came up from behind me and startled me, I would say "I didn't hear you coming!" If I had had my back to them, it would be pretty clear that I couldn't have seen them coming.

    If they appeared at my side or even right in front of me without my noticing, then I would probably use "I didn't see you coming".

    If I were in a classroom or business meeting and someone suddenly tapped me on the shoulder but I hadn't previously noticed them, I would use "I didn't see you come in" (ie I didn't notice you enter the room).

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