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    Question I saw many people play in the park.

    I have read this sentence from a children's story book.

    "I saw many people play in the park."

    Is the verb tense correct in the above sentence? The verb 'play' is in Simple present but 'saw' is in the Simple Past.

    Would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

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    Re: Tenses

    'Play' is not the simple present. It's the bare infinitive. Whatever tense you use for see, the form of play does not change.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 11-May-2021 at 14:56. Reason: Fix a typo.

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    Re: I saw many people play in the park.

    Welcome back, jour, after your seven-year eight-month absence.

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    Re: I saw many people play in the park.

    Quote Originally Posted by jour View Post
    I have read this sentence from in a children's storybook.

    "I saw many people play in the park."

    Is the verb tense correct in the above sentence? The verb 'play' is in the simple present but 'saw' is in the simple past.

    I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
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    Re: I saw many people play in the park.

    You could also use playing.

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    Re: I saw many people play in the park.

    It would be more natural to use relaxing, chilling, taking a break, enjoying the fresh air or something like that rather than play(ing). Young children play; people above a certain age (I'd guess about ten or eleven) don't.
    Last edited by 5jj; 12-May-2021 at 20:01.

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    Re: I saw many people play in the park.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Young children play; people above a certain age I'd guess about ten or eleven) don't.
    Then I don't know why I answer questions here. All this time I thought I was just having fun.

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Play' is not the simple present. It's the bare infinitive. Whatever tense you use for see, the form of play does not change.
    Albeit unlikely, it is possible that play is in the simple present: many people play in the park could be a that-clause complement of saw with a deleted that.

    I read the report and saw what it said. I saw [that] many people play in the park.
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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Play' is not the simple present. It's the bare infinitive. Whatever tense you use for see, the form of play does not change.
    Thanks

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    Re: I saw many people play in the park.

    Thanks

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