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    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
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    watch him boarding the train

    Do I use the base form or the continuous form in the sentence below?

    - Uncle Clive recalled how his grandmother would watch him board/boarding the train for work every morning.

    I know after the sense verb, 'watch', the next verb can either be base or continuous form. However, in the above, it sounds weird when I use the continuous form.

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    Re: watch him boarding the train

    Can you show me some other examples when the continuous form is correct, and the base is incorrect after a sense verb?

    Thank you!

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    Re: watch him boarding the train

    1. I watched him writing a novel.
    2. I watched him write a novel.
    3. I watched him write a cheque.

    I think 2 is not very likely because it takes a long time to write a novel.
    3 is likely because it takes a short time to write a cheque.
    I am not a teacher.

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