Find the wrong one(S)

  1. I saw injustice happen.
  2. I saw injustice happening.
  3. I saw injustice happened.

This is from a grammar competition. Now from my little knowledge. I can only break it down as, I - subject, saw- verb, injustice-object. I am not sure about which parts of speech the word 'happen' is used in different sentences. My guess is in 2 it is a participle but I have no solid basis of saying it. It's just have +ing form and to me, it looks like it is qualifying the obj - injustice in a sense. Hence, participle. But again, I may be wrong about my analysis. I have no idea about the other sentences.

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    They all look grammatical to me. (The third one is simply I saw that injustice happened, without that, which is a stylistic choice.) – Jason Bassford Jul 21 '19 at 21:30
  • Yes the answer key is all are okay. What I am not getting the structure. I mean the different use of happen as different parts of speech in different sentences. If you can break it to me in the answer that would be great. – Ritwik Bhattacharyya Jul 22 '19 at 6:09
  • Is it just the use of injustice and happen that are throwing you off? What if the were following were the three sentences? (1) I saw him attack. (2) I saw him attacking. (3) I saw him attacked. Would you still be confused about the structure? Because it's almost exactly the same with those sentences. – Jason Bassford Jul 22 '19 at 11:04
  • 1st confusion attack in 1st) example of your's is noun. But to my knowledge happen is verb or adverb. – Ritwik Bhattacharyya Jul 22 '19 at 14:01
  • 2nd) if your example as same as mine do you mean in 2)) I saw him attacking. attacking is participle and 3) I saw him attacked, attacked is past participle? – Ritwik Bhattacharyya Jul 22 '19 at 14:03

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