Is the phrase "I sit and watch the children play" in the Rolling Stones song "As tears go by" correct?

I mean, the correct wouldn't be to say "I sit and watch the children to play"?

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    Yes, “I sit and watch the children play” is correct. Using ‘to play’ does not make any sense to me. – Sunil Chauhan Jun 4 '19 at 15:31
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    That's correct, after some verbs like watch hear see, you can use bare infinitive to imply a completed action. – Cardinal Jun 4 '19 at 15:32

I think they have different meanings, "I sit and watch the children play" means she/he sits while watching the children play.

"I sit and watch the children to play" this one means she/he watches the children as a way to play herself/himself, which is weird and doesn't make too much sense

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    As an alternative pair of sentences illustrating the same semantic / syntactic shift, without needing so much contrivance to make the second version seem comprehensible, consider I watch him learn (I watch and he learns) and I watch him to learn (I watch and I learn). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 4 '19 at 16:00

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