she makes it being connected..

I've seen her being connected..

I heard him being punched...

Are these correct? Should we put being or bare infinitive of verb to be after verbs of perception in a passive situation?.

And a small question that is related to the topic. Can we say :

I've seen that she is becoming arrogant

I've felt that he is changing

Can we put a complete clause after that and verbs of perception?

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    being or getting. I saw the house being|getting painted or I watched the team being|getting defeated. I saw that the team was being|getting defeated.
    – TimR
    Dec 22, 2016 at 21:21

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I don't think your examples are actual "passive voice". That would be more like:

I see the cake eaten by him.

She heard the bells played by the children.

I'd have to do some research to figure out what exactly your examples would be called (the gerund form of the to be verb, maybe), but in the right context, it should be fine:

I saw her being kissed

She saw me sneaking out of the party.

Your examples don't work, mostly because I don't understand what you are trying to say with "being connected". You can't normally "connect" a person, and objects normally are or are not connected, and not "being" in the middle of the process ... but now that I think about it, there are some cases where it's fine:

My cable service is being connected (the guy from the cable company is here to connect my cable).

Hold on, I'm on the phone being connected to a support representative.

Lastly, "that" is fine in your examples, although it's often unnecessary:

I see the cake that was eaten by him

She heard the bells that were played by the children.

  • Hi thanks for the answer, what I meant for "being connected" is that she is being connected by someone else to something, it's a passive structure. Dec 22, 2016 at 19:31
  • as for the example you gave before, which one is correct, "I saw the cake being eaten by..." or "I saw the cake eaten by..." Is it necessary to put verb to be in the form of gerund or bare infinitive for passive structure after verbs of perception and verb make? Dec 22, 2016 at 19:35
  • Oh sorry, I've just noticed mistake there, I meant "she makes it being connected" is odd, you are right, but let's say that she makes something being connected by someone with something, or something like that lol anything that's logically accepted. Dec 22, 2016 at 19:38
  • @ChaesarIbrani Well, again I'm not clear what you want to say. We wouldn't say "make connected" since there is a perfectly good verb "to connect" that works. Not trying to be difficult, just trying to give you natural-sounding English examples.
    – Andrew
    Dec 22, 2016 at 19:40
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    In all your examples, both ways are fine, but they don't necessarily mean the same thing. "I saw the car repaired by my friend" means I saw the car which my friend repaired in the past". "I saw the car being repaired by my friend" means I was watching him repair my car.
    – Andrew
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:06

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