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    Question about gerund and clause

    Example:

    "I saw you stealing my stuff"

    "I saw that you stole my stuff"

    Are both sentences grammatically correct and considered noun clause? What's the difference between them and when to use?

    Thank you for your help

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    Re: Question about gerund and clause

    Both are grammatical. The second contains a noun clause as the direct object of "saw".

    The first is a little more complex. I think most people would say that "you" is the direct object of "saw". That would leave "stealing my stuff" as a participial phrase modifying "you".
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    Re: Question about gerund and clause

    Quote Originally Posted by reebokable View Post
    "I saw you stealing my stuff"
    "I saw that you stole my stuff"
    NOT A TEACHER
    I also suggest another version, "I saw you steal my stuff."
    Usually, there isn't much of a difference among those 3, but "I saw you stealing my stuff" somewhat focuses more on the sense "the middle of the action".
    Following is the stuff I copy from my book, "Grammar in Use, Intermediate, 3rd Edition".
    I saw him do something = he did something (simple past) and I saw this. I saw the complete action from beginning to end.
    I saw him doing something = he was doing something (past continuous) and I saw this. I saw him when he was in the middle of doing it. This does not mean that I saw the complete action.
    Sometimes the difference is not important and you can use either form.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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