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    Glad to see you made it out alive

    Hi,

    I have a question about this sentence: Glad to see you made it out alive.
    I know that "to see" can be followed directly by a verb, or by a verb+ing, but I have never seen a sentence like, "Glad to see you made it out alive." Do you think it is okay that "to see" is followed by a past tense form? If I say "Glad to see you make it out alive", then what is the difference between them?

    Thanks for your help.


    Sara: Okay, so this is the complete list of the injured and the dead? And it's the whole list?
    C.O. - Yeah.
    S: Thank you very much. Oh, thanks. Hey, Ron.
    Ron: Dr. Tancredi. Glad to see you made it out alive.
    S: Yeah, me, too. Um, question.
    R: Mm-hmm.
    S: Why did your department assign inmates on P.I. to do a toxic mold removal project?
    R: What toxic mold project?
    S: In the, uh, the crawl space in A-Wing.
    R: P.I. didn't go there. We'd never assign inmates to do that.
    S: Okay, sorry.
    R: No problem.

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    Re: Glad to see you made it out alive

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    Hi,

    I have a question about this sentence: Glad to see you made it out alive.
    I know that "to see" can be followed directly by a verb, or by a verb+ing, but I have never seen a sentence like, "Glad to see you made it out alive." Do you think it is okay that "to see" is followed by a past tense form? If I say "Glad to see you make it out alive", then what is the difference between them?

    ...
    There are two elisions here: '[I am] glad to see [that] you made it out alive.'

    So there are two different cases, marked by the different tenses.

    Glad to see you made it out alive. [Said in the de-briefing room, hours after the mission.]

    Glad to see you make it out alive. [Said on the spot, as the agent crawls back through the hole in the wire fence.]

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    Re: Glad to see you made it out alive

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There are two elisions here: '[I am] glad to see [that] you made it out alive.'

    So there are two different cases, marked by the different tenses.

    Glad to see you made it out alive. [Said in the de-briefing room, hours after the mission.]

    Glad to see you make it out alive. [Said on the spot, as the agent crawls back through the hole in the wire fence.]

    b
    Oh, yes. There is a "that" which I did not notice in this sentence.

    Thank you, Bobk. I get it !

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