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    Is 'as to' redundant?

    The following sentences will enable you to understand (as to) why the second verb is in the present tense.

    I saw the thief climb over the fence. (Active)
    The thief was seen to climb over the fence. (Passive)

    Is 'as to' in the first sentence redundant?

    Many thanks.

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    Red face Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The following sentences will enable you to understand (as to) why the second verb is in the present tense.

    Is 'as to' in the first sentence redundant?

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    It doesn't make any sense if you want to use 'as to' in that sentence. So the phrase is neither redundant nor correct, I'm afraid.

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    Cool Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I saw the thief climb over the fence. (Active)
    The thief was seen to climb over the fence. (Passive)

    Many thanks.
    The sentences are perfectly correct!

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    Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    It doesn't make any sense if you want to use 'as to' in that sentence. So the phrase is neither redundant nor correct, I'm afraid.
    Just to confirm: The following sentences will enable you to understand why the second verb is in the present tense.

    The above sentence is correct without 'as to'. Am I correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    The sentences are perfectly correct!
    I saw the thief climb over the fence. (Active)
    The thief was seen to climb over the fence. (Passive)

    I heard the phone ring. (Active)
    The phone was heard to ring. (Passive) - Is this sentence correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Thumbs up Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Just to confirm: The following sentences will enable you to understand why the second verb is in the present tense.

    The above sentence is correct without 'as to'. Am I correct?

    Many thanks.
    Absolutely!

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    Thumbs up Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post

    I heard the phone ring. (Active)
    The phone was heard to ring. (Passive) - Is this sentence correct?

    Many thanks.
    Everything's correct.

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    Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Everything's correct.
    I heard the phone ring.
    Is ring a verb in the present tense or a bare infinitive?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I heard the phone ring.
    Is ring a verb in the present tense or a bare infinitive?

    Many thanks.
    That's the bare infinitive.

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    Re: Is 'as to' redundant?

    Thanks, Engee30, for your replies.

    Best wishes

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