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    #1

    we saw there growing...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) We saw there standing in the corner a tall man with long blond hair.

    (We saw that there was a tall man with long blond hair standing in the corner.)

    2) We saw there growing in the garden a variety of flowers.

    (We saw that there were a variety of flowers growing in the garden.)

    They sound OK to me, but not very natural.

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    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: we saw there growing...

    Definitely not natural. Probably grammatical. Don't use them in writing that you intend to sound modern.
    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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    #3

    Re: we saw there growing...

    Thank you very much Barb_D,

    Is this one better:

    3) I saw there developing between you two a destructive antagonism.

    Does it sound more natural?

    That sentence is very much like a sentence I read in a grammar book. To me it sounds just about as good, or as bad, as the other two.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #4

    Re: we saw there growing...

    Does it sound more natural?
    Same answer as Barb's in post #2.

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    #5

    Re: we saw there growing...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Barb_D,

    Is this one better:

    3) I saw there developing between you two a destructive antagonism.

    Does it sound more natural?

    That sentence is very much like a sentence I read in a grammar book. To me it sounds just about as good, or as bad, as the other two.

    Gratefully,
    Navi
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    If you omit "there", it sounds more natural.

    I saw developing between you two a destructive antagonism.

    (I still find it more natural as "I saw a destructive antagonism developing between you two.")
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: we saw there growing...

    1) We saw there, standing in the corner, a tall man with long blond hair.
    This seems OK to me, in the context of literature, for example.

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