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  1. richard001
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    about verbs

    Hi teacher,

    1.I saw him dance.
    2.I saw him to dance.
    3.I saw him dancing.

    Are they correct?I think 1&3 are correct,if so,then what's the different between them.Thank you.

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    Re: about verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by richard001
    Hi teacher,

    1.I saw him dance.
    2.I saw him to dance.
    3.I saw him dancing.

    Are they correct?I think 1&3 are correct,if so,then what's the different between them.Thank you.
    Richard, yes, 1. and 3. are correct, and 2. is incorrect. 'dance' e.g., him DO a dance, lacks tense, whereas 'dancing' e.g., he was dancing expresses a progressive event.

    I saw him DO a thing.
    I saw him DOING a thing.

  3. richard001
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    Re: about verbs

    Thanks but could you please explain more particular?If 'I saw him doing a thing' equals 'When I saw him,he was doing a thing',then what does 'I saw him do a thing' mean?
    Last edited by richard001; 12-Dec-2004 at 02:53.

  4. richard001
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    Re: about verbs

    Thanks but could you please explain more particular?If 'I saw him doing a thing' equals 'When I saw him,he was doing a thing',then what does 'I saw him do a thing' mean? Thank you.

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    Re: about verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by richard001
    Thanks but could you please explain more particular?If 'I saw him doing a thing' equals 'When I saw him,he was doing a thing',then what does 'I saw him do a thing' mean? Thank you.
    Well, what if we approach it from a different angle? Let's say, for the sake of gaining a clearer understanding, that the difference between the simple present (DO) and the present progressive (DOING) can be expressed in terms of photography.

    The kind of picture that a speaker expresses by using DO is like a photograph: Nothing in the picture is moving. All is still.The listener or reader gets a snapshot of the event: I saw him dance.

    The kind of picture that a speaker expresses by using DOING is like a video. Everything is moving. Nothing is still. The listener or reader gets a movie of the event: I saw him dancing.

    Hope that helps out some.

  6. richard001
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    Oh,yeah I see,it's quite a good way for comprehension.thank you very much.
    Last edited by richard001; 12-Dec-2004 at 06:24.

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    Re: about verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by richard001
    Oh,yeah I see,it's quite a good way for comprehension.thank you very much.
    You're welcome.

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