According to my information verbs of perception follow this verb pattern:

Verb of perception + object + gerund

But in an English book, I've found this example which does not really follow this pattern. It uses "compete" rather than "competing", and I am wondering why using an infinitive rather than a gerund in this case?

The example: Do you like seeing people compete on reality shows? If so which ones?

Source: Macmillan Open mind upper-intermediate level book.

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Do you like seeing people compete on reality shows?=(This means the action 'compete' has completed and you have seen it from start to finish) Do you like seeing people competing on reality shows?(Here compete mean while they are doing the action which you haven't seen from start to end)

  • Perfect. This is clear. Thank you so much Sam! Sep 24, 2022 at 13:15
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    In reality, there's no difference in meaning.
    – BillJ
    Sep 24, 2022 at 13:23

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