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    #1

    I saw her killed / I saw her being killed

    Verbs such as see, watch, hear, notice have object and complement.

    Complements for these verbs are usually 0 infinitive, present participle, and past participle.

    My question is how do you put when you want to say 'she' was killed ans you saw it?

    1. I saw her killed
    2. I saw her being killed.

    ??


    PS: I think 1 is the correct sentence though.
    Last edited by wotcha; 01-Jan-2012 at 03:48.

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    #2

    Re: I saw her killed / I saw her being killed

    They are both possible, but, as the act of killing is generally a short, even instantaneous one, #1 is far more likely in most contexts.

    1. I saw John kill her / I saw her killed
    2. I saw drugs killing her / I saw her being killed ( by drugs)

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