I see a sentence in my book: I have never seen her wear trousers.

And I think we should use she instead of ‘her’. Am I right?


No. In English the pronoun in this position takes the object form "her", "him" "me" or "them".

This is used in all similar verbs of sensation like "hear" or "feel"

I heard him eat a crisp.

I felt them creep up behind me.

It is also used with an -ing verb:

I saw her playing tennis.

She must have seen me coming

On the other hand, with a "that" clause, the pronoun goes back to the subject form.

I saw that she was eating.

Even when "that" is omitted.

I saw she was eating.

So to compare these sentences

I saw her eating {a fact of what I saw}

I saw she was eating {I learn what she was doing}

In context:

Have you seen Jo? — Yes, I saw her eating with her friends.

Have you spoken to Jo? No. I saw she was eating with her friends, and I didn't want to embarrass her. I'll talk to her when she is alone.

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  • Is this right: I saw that she was eating? Can I say: I saw she was eating? – Y. zeng May 11 '19 at 6:24
  • @Y.zeng: yes. You can often omit the complementiser "that" . – Colin Fine Mar 22 at 18:12

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