A man trying to escape from deadly machine which is about to explode and at the same time victim saw that man is in dangerous situation but victim didn't see whether that man died or not after the machine exploded. Thing is whether to use escape or escaped.

  • Additional context and examples wouold be helpful here. Jul 23, 2019 at 19:08
  • Welcome to ELL.SE. Your question is rather unclear. Escape is a noun or a verb. Escaped is an adjective or the preterite of the verb. How you would use one or the other would depend on how you phrase the sentence.
    – choster
    Jul 23, 2019 at 20:26
  • Are you asking if you should use a man trying to escape or a man trying to escaped? If not, you need to be be clearer about what you're asking. Jul 24, 2019 at 3:55
  • Yes that's what I asked? Jul 25, 2019 at 11:31

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One could say or write

  • The man escaped.
  • The man was able to escape.
  • We don't know if the man escaped, because the witness could not see.
  • It isn't known if the man could escape or not.
  • The man failed to escape.
  • The man was unable to escape.
  • Had the man escaped, he would have been seen afterwards.

Many other variants using either "escape" or "escaped" are possible, depending on what meaning is intended, and whose point of view the sentence is beign written from.

  • No sir it was just an example and created myself to clarify that word Jul 23, 2019 at 19:20

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