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    saw them dance/dancing

    I am unsure of the answer to the following question:

    - Jeannie saw a boy and a girl (dancing/danced/dance) to the tune of Grease.

    Both dancing and dance seem right.
    The reason for ‘dance’ being the right answer is the presence of the sense verb 'saw'. However, is ‘dancing’ acceptable also? If it is, please help me to understand the reason.

    Thank you!

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    Re: saw them dance/dancing

    I think the reason is that 'dancing' is a present participle modifying 'a boy and a girl', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: saw them dance/dancing

    I thought that after a sense verb 'saw' in this case, it should be followed by a base verb. Hence, the 'dance' is the correct answer.

    However, the answer key suggests that 'dancing' is the correct answer. I don't understand the reason for 'dancing' being the correct answer after 'saw'.

    Thank you!

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    Re: saw them dance/dancing

    You can see/hear someone do or doing something. The bare infinitive can suggest that you see/hear the complete action, and the gerund that you see/hear only part of the action, but often there is little practical difference in meaning.

    Compare:

    I saw hum run the 100 metres.
    I saw him running the marathon.

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    Re: saw them dance/dancing

    Also compare:

    I saw him write a cheque.
    I saw him writing a thesis.

    Not a teacher.

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