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    I saw you blink... or I saw you blinking...

    s1. I saw you blink.

    s2. I saw you blinking.

    Do s1 and s2 have different meanings and usages?

    I guess s1 is likely to be used when two people have an outstaring game, is it?

    And I presume s2 is likely to be used in this context.

    "I saw you blinking sometimes. Do you have an eye problem?"

    Is what I think right?

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    Re: I saw you blink... or I saw you blinking...

    Quote Originally Posted by pseudo View Post
    s1. I saw you blink.

    s2. I saw you blinking.

    Do s1 and s2 have different meanings and usages?

    I guess s1 is likely to be used when two people have an outstaring game, is it?

    And I presume s2 is likely to be used in this context.

    "I saw you blinking sometimes. Do you have an eye problem?"

    Is what I think right?
    There is no real difference in meaning between the two.

    Edit: I think the parser is going to disagree.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 30-Nov-2012 at 13:41. Reason: Add edit.

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    Re: I saw you blink... or I saw you blinking...

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Good morning,



    It seems that some people feel that the difference is as follows:

    1. I saw him blink. = It happened once and is over.

    2. I saw him blinking. = It was ongoing or happened several times.

    This is not my opinion. It comes from Explaining Grammar by George Yule, page 227. (Google books)


    HAVE A NICE DAY!


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    Re: I saw you blink... or I saw you blinking...

    I agree that I would say "blink" to refer to one instance and "blinking" to indicate I saw multiple blinks.

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    Re: I saw you blink... or I saw you blinking...

    Thank you!
    Oh, I read that book.
    So I asked that question with another context that I have been thinking.
    I would like know for sure. Does my question make sense anyway?

    Have a Nice Day!

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