I saw Kyoko went out of city hall.
I saw Kyoko go out of city hall.

I thought 'went' is the correct answer Why it has to be 'go'? Can anyone explain this to me

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    Personally, I wouldn't use either. They both sound bad. "Exit" or "leave" would be much better than "went/go out". – Catija Jan 23 '17 at 3:24
  • I agree with Catija, though I'll add that if you were outside "come out" would be fine. – Emmabee Jan 23 '17 at 3:35
  • Yeah i think exit/leave is better but if i choose the option 'went' is it grammatically incorrect? – Vedss Jan 23 '17 at 4:00
  • If you say "I saw Kyoko go out the city hall door", that is more typically idiomatic. – BobRodes Jan 23 '17 at 4:20

Although the action happened in the past, you don't use went. See is a verb of perception and in this case it should be object + bare infinitive: I saw Kyoko go out of city hall. This means that Kyoko left city hall and you saw it.

However, go out of city hall sounds strange to me. Perhaps with more context it might sound better, but I agree with the comments. I think you should use a different verb like leave, exit, come out, walk out, etc.

  • Ah i see, its verb of preposition so it has to be bare infinitive. Thankyou so much for explaining to me grammatically!! Though, 'go out' is not too fit in this context and i agree leave/exit is better – Vedss Jan 23 '17 at 4:41
  • @Max: Can't we use present participle after a verb of perception such as see? I saw he Kyoko going out of city hall. – Diamond Jun 8 '17 at 11:16
  • @user3257464 Yes, it's possible (I think you mean "I saw Kyoko going out of city hall"), but the question didn't ask about that. I think the distinction is that the bare infinitive implies you saw the entire action. – Em. Jun 8 '17 at 11:24
  • @Max: Yes, the question has not. That was a mistake. I meant what you meant. OK. I will ask that question if it has not been asked before. – Diamond Jun 8 '17 at 11:26
  • @user3257464 It has probably been asked before. Try searching first, and if you are not satisfied, then ask. – Em. Jun 8 '17 at 11:34

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