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When you write "I saw it happen", why is it not 'happened' instead of 'happen' since the event has already passed?
Is there a general rule for this, and can you please give me more examples?
edit: Is 'could' a better word rather than 'can' in the above?
Last edited by 2006; 17-Apr-2009 at 19:16.
Is this to do with subjunctive tenses, since you're using 'run' instead of 'runs' and 'eat' instead of 'eats'?
Last edited by 2006; 18-Apr-2009 at 00:56.
In the first line below "You", "He" and "They" are subjects, so verb conjugation comes into effect.
In the second line the corresponding words are objects, so "run" is used in all cases.
You run. He runs. They run.
I saw (you)(him)(them) run.
Thanks for the explanation.
Can I generalise it this way: verbs that follow after objects must be a root word?
Good Lord. I never realised my English is so weak that I can easily get confused even the rudimentary English grammar.