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    #1

    Lightbulb grammar please

    Hi!
    Hi have 2 sentences.What is the correct form?(The exercise is from my english book)

    "When the burglar saw the lights to go on he left."
    "When the burglar saw the lights go on he left."

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: grammar please

    'See' is a verb of perception, whose usage can be found on http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/verbs_perception.html

    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: grammar please

    Only the second is correct. There should be comma after "on".

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    #4

    Re: grammar please

    Hi.

    Thank you, Mike. I would insert a comma after on.

    "When the burglar saw the lights go
    on, he left."

    ​What if there were no go included, would it have the same meaning, please?



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    #5

    Re: grammar please

    No, it wouldn't have the same meaning.

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    #6

    Re: grammar please

    Interestingly, "go on" and "come on" have the same meaning here.
    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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    #7

    Re: grammar please

    When the burglar saw the lights on, he left = When the burglar saw that the lights were on, he left.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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