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    the main verb "remeber" with non-finite verbs

    Is there a difference in meaning between

    I remember him/his being there

    and

    I remember that he was there.

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    Re: the main verb "remeber" with non-finite verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    Is there a difference in meaning between

    I remember him/his being there

    and

    I remember that he was there.


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    (1) Great question!

    (2) These are only my opinions. I do not claim that they are correct.

    (a) Some books say:

    (i) I remember him being there. = I remember that particular person. (I remember

    HIM, but not HER, being there.)

    (ii) I remember his being there. = I remember his presence there. (Yes, police officer,

    he WAS there.)

    (3) IMHO, "I remember that he was there" is ambiguous. It could be either 2ai or 2aii.

    (a) Maybe (repeat: maybe) it depends on how you say it:

    (i) I remember that HE (not SHE) was there.

    (ii) I remember that he WAS there.

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    Re: the main verb "remeber" with non-finite verbs

    Thanks a lot

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