"Many vendors can be seen selling it now in the city."

I came across this sentence online which is quite strange to me in terms of sentence structure (grammar). why do 2 verbs "seen" "selling" stand together? I wonder if that's a shortened version of a full sentence such as relative clause reductions?

For example: "We saw them selling it in the city" is a shortened version of this sentence: We saw them who was selling it in the city. (Relative clause reduction).

I am fine with the meaning of the sentence. I am just concerned about the grammar, the sentence structure.

I can easily understand this apparently similar sentence:

"Have you ever seen anyone walking the streets like that?"

But my sentence is quite different. Could someone show me the grammar point here? I still don't get how passive voice "can be seen" followed by a gerund "selling".

  • More accurately, a shortened version of the sentence: We saw those who were selling it in the city. Jan 5, 2019 at 17:10
  • Your sentence is correct. I can understand it, it's called relative clause reduction. But my sentence is passive voice. It's different.
    – hoangtu9x
    Jan 6, 2019 at 1:09


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