Interested in Language
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?
Last edited by bhaisahab; 30-Nov-2012 at 12:41. Reason: Add edit.
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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)
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I agree that I would say "blink" to refer to one instance and "blinking" to indicate I saw multiple blinks.
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?
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