I saw you come in yesterday.

I saw that you came in yestarday.

is there any difference between these sentences in meaning?

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If you saw (past tense) something happen (base form of verb), you were there and you observed the event directly. I saw you crash your car yesterday - I was there at the time and observed the event.

If you saw (past tense) that something happened (past tense), you saw, after the event, a sign, or evidence, that it had happened. I saw that you crashed your car yesterday - I saw it wrecked by the side of the road as I passed by.

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