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    I saw a dog running ... and knock/knocked down by a car.

    I saw a dog running across the road and knock/knocked down by a car.

    Which verb in bold should I use?

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    Re: I saw a dog running ... and knock/knocked down by a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I saw a dog running across the road and knock/knocked down by a car.

    Which verb in bold should I use?

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    You need more words in the sentence.

    "I saw a dog running across the road and then [suddenly] it was knocked down by a car."

    At a push, you could just about say "I saw a dog running across the road and being knocked down by a car" but it doesn't sound very natural.

    Had you started with "A dog ran..." then it would have been "A dog ran across the road and was knocked down by a car" without needing "then it was".

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    Re: I saw a dog running ... and knock/knocked down by a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You need more words in the sentence.

    "I saw a dog running across the road and then [suddenly] it was knocked down by a car."

    At a push, you could just about say "I saw a dog running across the road and being knocked down by a car" but it doesn't sound very natural.

    Had you started with "A dog ran..." then it would have been "A dog ran across the road and was knocked down by a car" without needing "then it was".
    could we substitute knock down with pull down in this sentence?

    - I saw a dog running across the road andsuddenly it was pulled down by a car.

    or: I saw a dog running across the road andsuddenly a car ran into it. (Is it also possible?)

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    Re: I saw a dog running ... and knock/knocked down by a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    could we substitute knock down with pull down in this sentence?

    - I saw a dog running across the road and suddenly it was pulled down by a car. No.

    or: I saw a dog running across the road and suddenly a car ran into it. (Is it also possible?) this is possible but less natural than this from emsr2d2: "A dog ran across the road and was knocked down by a car".
    Bhai.

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    Re: I saw a dog running ... and knock/knocked down by a car.

    "To be knocked down by" is a very specific term for being hit by a car. We wouldn't use (in BrE) anything except "knocked down by", "hit by" or "run over by".

    If death was the result, we might say "He was killed by a car" but it's more usual to say "run over and killed by..."

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