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    Usage of 'see'

    Can I ask one more question about usage of 'see'?

    "I saw people working on the streets at night."

    -> "I saw that people worked on the streets at night."

    -> "I saw people who work on the streets at night."

    So my question is whether it is possible that we can infer more than two meanings in the sentence?
    If you do not like the example and the verb, 'see', could you use any verbs with which you can explain the possibly different meanings in one sentence?

    Thank you so much as usual and I really hope to hear from you.

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    Re: Usage of 'see'

    You saw that work was being done (by people). The "people" are not actually important here - it's the fact that they were working on the streets.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Usage of 'see'

    By any chance is it possible for 'working on the streets at night' modifies 'people'? Like what kinds of people? Or in some certain context? Thank you.

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    Re: Usage of 'see'

    By any chance? Sure. As a native speaker, however, my sense is that the point of statement, taken on its own, is the work, not the people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Usage of 'see'

    You could just say, "I saw street-workers at night" and save some worry.
    But the real point I want to make is that we'd say "last night" or "that night" or "when I was in Santiago" etc., to specify which night we were talking about. By itself, your sentence sounds unfinished.

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