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    SEE, HEAR, LISTEN, NOTICE + somebody / something + infinitive with passive voice

    Hi,

    I saw him climbing over the fence (I saw him as he was climbing....)

    THAT'S OK, but:

    Could you tell me how to use it with passive voice?

    I saw him as he was being beaten by the guys in the street.

    1-I saw him being beaten by 2 guys in the street.

    2-I saw him beaten by 2 guys in the street.

    Which one is OK?

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    Last edited by aysaa; 20-Feb-2012 at 17:47.

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    Re: SEE, HEAR, LISTEN, NOTICE + somebody / something + infinitive with passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    Could you tell me how to use it with passive voice?

    I saw him as he was being beaten by the guys in the street.

    1-I saw him being beaten by 2 guys in the street.
    = I saw him when those guys were beating him in the street. (I was a witness of that horrible event)
    2-I saw him beaten by 2 guys in the street. = I saw him bruised (or hurt) in the street. (After those guys hurt him)

    Which one is OK? Both are ok in the right context.

    Thanks...


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    Re: SEE, HEAR, LISTEN, NOTICE + somebody / something + infinitive with passive voice

    1 - I saw him being beaten by 2 guys in the street. Fine. You did not necessarily see the whole beating.

    2 - I saw him beaten by 2 guys in the street. Fine. you saw the whole beating.

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    Re: SEE, HEAR, LISTEN, NOTICE + somebody / something + infinitive with passive voice

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    I think that these two sentences (I saw him climbing over the fence (I saw him as he was climbing....)) are different:
    I saw him climbing over the fence. = I saw him while I was climbing over the fence.
    I saw him as he was climbing over the fence. = I saw him while he was climbing over the fence.

    If I'm wrong, please someone correct me.

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    Re: SEE, HEAR, LISTEN, NOTICE + somebody / something + infinitive with passive voice

    I saw him climbing over the fence. = I saw him while he was climbing over the fence.
    Climbing over the fence, I saw him. = I saw him while I was climbing over the fence.

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    Re: SEE, HEAR, LISTEN, NOTICE + somebody / something + infinitive with passive voice

    I saw him while climbing over the fence = I saw him while I was climbing over the fence.

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