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    A question

    Hi this is Umer

    Could anyone tell me the difference between the following to sentences?

    I saw her coming.
    I saw her come.


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    Re: A question

    Hi Umer,

    I would like to help you out here, according to me I don't think that there is a big difference in meaning between those sentences. Both are grammatical correct. And I think that they are interchangeable.
    But can you give me a little bit more infomation please ? It's all about the context

    I would use the ing-form when I want to stress the fact that I saw her coming. Especially when it has certain consequences that she is there eg: when she is big cheese

    I would use the second option when it/she isn't that important. Just giving regular information.

    But, if possible, please give me the context or discribe the situation.
    Thanks in Advance

    Kind Regards

    Johan

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    Re: A question

    In that example, there's not much difference, but it can make a difference sometimes:
    I heard him talk.
    I heard him talking.
    Here, it sounds as if you heard everything in the first example, while in the second you didn't hear everything.

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