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    #1

    the teacher saw a student cheat.

    I wonder which sentence is correct in this situation? Please help me. Thanks in advance.

    1. The teacher watched a student cheat.
    2. The teacher watched a student cheating.

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    #2

    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    You haven't told us the situation. Both sentences are correct; the context would determine which to use.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You haven't told us the situation. Both sentences are correct; the context would determine which to use.
    It doesn't go with any sentences else. Which one is more correct? I think we usually choose the first one in general. And in special situations, we should use the second one. Is it right?

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    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You haven't told us the situation. Both sentences are correct; the context would determine which to use.
    Another sentence, which one is correct:
    2. Whenever I have free time, I like to watch the basketball team practicing/ practice.
    Last edited by Son Ho; 04-Aug-2016 at 07:14.

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    #5

    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Once again, both are possible.

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    #6

    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Your title uses 'saw' and your sentences use 'watch(ed)'. There's a big difference.

    Click here and scroll down to find earlier threads to learn about this difference.

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    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    I wonder which sentence is correct in this situation? Please help me. Thanks in advance.

    1. The teacher watched a student cheat.
    2. The teacher watched a student cheating.
    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    It doesn't go with any sentences else. Which one is more correct? I think we usually choose the first one in general. And in special situations, we should use the second one. Is it right?
    No. The sentences are equally correct. We would use the one that best fit the situation.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Your title uses 'saw' and your sentences use 'watch(ed)'. There's a big difference.

    Click here and scroll down to find earlier threads to learn about this difference.
    I'm sorry. I intended to write down watched instead of saw.
    The difference between watch and see is helpful. But the fact is that I just would like to tell the present participle and the bare infinitive apart if we use verbs which belongs to perception verbs such as see, watch, notice, feel.
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    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. The sentences are equally correct. We would use the one that best fit the situation.
    I read some grammar books that say : Subject + see, watch, notice, feel + an object + the present participle when someone see the whole action meanwhile we go for the bare infinitive when someone sees the action in progress. That's why I am so confused with the sentence: "The teacher watched a student cheat/ cheating". If we choose cheat, it means the teacher watched the whole cheating. If we choose cheating, it means the teacher watched a student in the middle of his cheating. Why don't the teacher prevent his student from cheating when he watched the whole action?I think it's an incomplete action, then we choose cheating in this situation. Right?Could you please give me two sentences that we must use them in turn? Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by Son Ho; 04-Aug-2016 at 17:55.

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    #10

    Re: the teacher saw a student cheat.

    If you see/watch somebody do something, you normally see the whole action. If you see/watch somebody doing something, you don't necessarily see the whole action. With short actions, there is no significant difference.

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