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I have three sentences. Is there anybody who can tell me which would be correct?

a) How could he watch his girlfriend is talking with him (another guy)?

b) How could he watch that his girlfriend was talking with him (another guy)?

c) How could he watched his girlfriend was talking with him (another guy)?

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Either say

watch his girlfriend talking to another guy.

or use the word while

watch while his girlfriend is talking

For clarity, you should not use he and him to refer to different people in the same sentence. The fact that you needed to clarify another guy shows the problem. Although we might be able to infer the meaning we can't be sure which he/him is which person. Going a step further we also have his in the sentence, and we need to make sure there is no ambiguity about which person's girfriend this is.

So we say

How could Bill watch his girlfriend talking to another guy?

or, if we've very recently had other references to Bill, so it's very clear who he is,

I've never understood Bill.

How could he watch his girlfriend talking to another guy like that?

Now in speech we could use our vocal inflections to indicate that he and him are different people.

How could he just watch his girfriend talking to (rising inflection, emphasis) him.

But when writing, or speaking in a more formal context, take special care to ensure that it is clear which he or him you mean.

  • How could he watch that his girlfriend was talking with Andy? is it correct in sense of tense? – Abdullah Omar Nasif Mar 31 '18 at 9:23
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    @Omar - remove the “that” and “was": How could he watch his girlfriend talking with Andy? Or, include the word “while”: How could he watch while his girlfriend was talking with Andy? – J.R. Mar 31 '18 at 11:47
  • @J.R. Thank you so much. So the correct form is, "How could he watch while his girlfriend was talking with Andy?" and "was" used instead of "is" because of subordinate clause from past. Am I right ? – Abdullah Omar Nasif Mar 31 '18 at 16:03
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    @Omar - It’s: “How could he watch while his girlfriend was talking?” Or: “How can he watch while his girlfriend is talking?" – J.R. Mar 31 '18 at 22:19
  • @J.R. Now my confusion has gone. Thank you so much. – Abdullah Omar Nasif Apr 1 '18 at 5:08

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