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    #1

    What different between 2 sentences ?

    1. I saw that man take you bike.

    2. I saw that man taking you bike.

    What different between 2 sentences ?
    and if wrong, can you help me to fix it, please

    (More:

    a. I saw that man run out of the building.

    b. I saw that man running out of the building.)

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by duy065 View Post
    1. I saw that man take your bike.
    2. I saw that man taking your bike.

    What is the differentce between the 2 sentencesno space?
    In #1, you saw the whole act, the theft.
    In#2, you saw him while he was in the middle of the action.

    As the taking of a bike is normally an action of short duration, there is not a big difference in meaning between the two.

    However, there is a real difference between these two:

    3. I saw him run a marathon.
    4. I saw him running a marathon.

    In #3, you saw the whole two or three hours of the running.
    In #4, you saw only a part, possibly a small part.

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Is it correct to say " I saw that man took your bike" when I saw the whole act, the theft?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 06-Aug-2012 at 16:58.

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is it correct to say " I saw that man took your bike" when I saw the whole act, the theft?
    No

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    #5

    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is it correct to say " I saw that man took your bike" when I saw the whole act, the theft?

    Thanks.

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    If you want to use "took" instead of "take", you could say, 'I saw that that man took your bike'.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 06-Aug-2012 at 18:27.

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    If you want to use "took" instead of "take", you could say, 'I saw that that man took your bike'.
    Thanks,Chicken Sandwich.

    Could I say 'I saw that man who took your bike'?

    Do you know why 'I saw that man took your bike' is grammatically incorrect?

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks,Chicken Sandwich.

    Could I say 'I saw that man who took your bike'?

    Do you know why 'I saw that man took your bike' is grammatically incorrect?
    Hi
    It is "see somebody do something/ see somebody doing something"
    Good Luck!
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    It is "see somebody do something/ see somebody doing something"
    Good Luck!
    Hi moonlike,

    What do you mean by that?

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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Hi moonlike,

    What do you mean by that?
    Hi
    'do' represents the base form of the verb.
    I saw him rob....../ I saw him robbing.........
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    Re: What different between 2 sentences ?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    'do' represents the base form of the verb.
    I saw him rob....../ I saw him robbing.........
    Thanks, moonlike.

    Is it incorrect to say "I heard somebody said......?

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