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We watched the workman to repair the machine.

1.repairing 2.repair 3.no change

To me, 1st is correct. What's your opinion ?

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We watched the workman to repair the machine.

Watch is an example of a verb of perception.

We can use either the infinitive without to or the -ing form after the object of verbs such as hear, see, notice, watch. The infinitive without to often emphasises the whole action or event which someone hears or sees. The -ing form usually emphasises an action or event which is in progress or not yet completed.

We could hence use either repairing or repair, as explained above and further in Cambridge Dictionary.

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  • What is meant by "verb of perception" ?
    – Manish
    Commented Dec 5, 2021 at 5:13
  • And thank u for the dictionary link.it helped a lot.
    – Manish
    Commented Dec 5, 2021 at 5:29
  • @Manish, a verb of perception is a verb that conveys the experience of physical senses like see, watch, look, hear, listen, feel, and taste. Commented Dec 5, 2021 at 6:56
  • Thanks a lot @Seowjooheng
    – Manish
    Commented Dec 5, 2021 at 9:57

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