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    #1

    We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    We saw a boy dashing across the road and a car running over him.

    Is the sentence fine?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    I have changed your thread title.

    As you know, 'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #3

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    Could someone please help? Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    Your sentence is not too bad. There are lots of slightly better ways to say it. Perhaps:

    We saw a boy dash out into the road and get hit by a car.

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    #5

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    dash out into the road
    Much better. If he had dashed across the road, he would have got to the other side.
    and get hit by a car.
    Much better. The boy remains the subject. I'd also accept get run over.

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    #6

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    Ask Is the sentence correct/okay/natural? The answer may be Yes, it's fine, but we don't use that word in questions.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 12-Sep-2016 at 06:02. Reason: Remove a stray space.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    So the sentence should be:

    We saw a boy dashing across the road and getting run over by a car.

    Thanks.

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    #8

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    No. Did you read posts 4 and 5?

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    #9

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. Did you read posts 4 and 5?
    Yes. But I would like to make sure I understood the replies. Am I missing something?

    I think the sentence should be:

    We saw a boy dashing across the road and get run over by a car. ( I have changed 'getting' to 'get'.)

    Am I correct this time? Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 12-Sep-2016 at 06:01.

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    #10

    Re: We saw a boy dashing across the road...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    So the sentence should be:

    We saw a boy dashing across the road and getting run over by a car.
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. Did you read posts 4 and 5?
    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Yes. But I would like to make sure I understood the replies. Am I missing something? Thanks.
    Posts #4 & #5 are telling you to use the simple form for your verbs; "dash" and "get".

    You keep returning to the continuous form of these verbs; "dashing", "getting".

    "We saw a boy dashing..." feels wrong. "We were watching a boy dashing..." works much better. Then you write your sentence this way:

    "We were watching a boy dashing across the road when suddenly he got run over by a car".

    Even now, I would question why we want to use the continuous verb "watching". The sentence is grammatically correct, but usually we would use the simple form, and say:

    "We saw a boy dash across the road, then get hit by a car",
    OR,
    "We saw a boy try to dash across the road, but halfway across he was run over by a car".

    You could also drop the "We saw...", and say, "As a boy was dashing across the road, he got run over by a car", but it needs that change in structure.

    There is no need for the continuous form here the way you want to construct the sentence. It's okay, but it makes the sentence awkward. Here is how you might naturally, and usefully, employ the continuous in a followup sentence, and keep your "We saw...":

    "We saw a boy try to dash across the road, but he got run over part way across. As he was getting run over, I had the bizarre hope that, at any moment, the car would transform into an Autobot and step harmlessly over him."

    I used "getting" for consistency, but I'd prefer to say "being".

    The difference is that, in the second sentence, I need to use the continuous "getting" (which means I want you to think about the process, or I want you thinking about this as a period of time, not as a momentary event), because I need to speak about something that happened while the boy was being run over.

    Does this make sense?
    Last edited by ChinaDan; 12-Sep-2016 at 06:12. Reason: typo, corrections

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