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I saw him go.

What is the passive voice of this?

My book is saying:

He was seen to go by me.

Why can’t it be :

He was seen going by me.

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These are two different sentences with different meanings.

  1. ACTIVE VOICE : I saw him go. (it means I saw his entire journey.)

Bare infinitive is used after the verbs of perception in the active voice; but infinitive with 'to' is used in the passive voice in this case :

PASSIVE VOICE : He was seen (by me) to go.

Again,

  1. ACTIVE VOICE : I saw him going. (It means I saw the start of his journey.)

PASSIVE VOICE : He was seen (by me) going.

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