Please help me out here, which one is correct (and makes sense).

  1. A man climbing nearby saw the accident.
  2. A man climbing nearby met with an accident.

Does the first sentence mean that the man who saw accident was climibing nearby or did he meet with accident like in the second sentence.

I'm confused what "saw" actually means?

  • Do you understand the meanings of the English verbs see and meet (with)? All English language dictionaries provide their definitions. Please edit your question and tell us what did you not understand about the definitions of these verbs. Aug 3, 2017 at 6:29
  • I m asking both sentences have the same meaning?
    – Naren.P
    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:35
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    If you do not understand what the English verb see means, it will not benefit you if we merely tell you whether or not the two sentences have the same meaning. What does the English verb see mean? What does the English verb meet mean? What does the English phrasal verb "meet with" mean? Their definitions are provided in any English dictionary, and if you had consulted such a dictionary, you would be able to answer the question yourself. Aug 3, 2017 at 6:57
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    @P.E.Dant 's argument is very true. However, it seems that you are new on the ell. The questions on the ell must show a level of effort from the OP. In other words, the very basic questions or the ones that do not show the OP's research is not appreciated. It's always a pleasure to have OP's opinion and I think you should add why you think yourself and what research you have done when asking which-one-is-correct-questions.
    – Cardinal
    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:14
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    @Cardinal- yes I m new on the ell.I will post questions with my opinion too in future.thanks for updating and guiding
    – Naren.P
    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:20

1 Answer 1


The first sentence means that a man was climbing and witnessed an accident. The man climbing was not in an accident himself.

The second sentence means that a man was climbing and had an accident.


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