I'm quite confused how to use "I see (noun) (verb/ing)" in these situations:

  1. My baby's crying now:

1a. I see my baby crying.

1b. I see my baby cry.

(Does the 2nd option mean that the baby will cry again?)

  1. My baby cried in the maternity ward:

2a. I saw my baby crying.

2b. I saw my baby cry.

Which option is correct in each of these situations?

  • It would be useful to know what you're confused about in more detail. – Nathan Tuggy May 26 '15 at 22:26
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    Yes, I see/saw/will see my baby crying are grammatical. – user6951 May 26 '15 at 22:31
  • I'm not sure, what is correct for 1st and what for 2nd figure see is present and saw is past, OK, but, if baby stop crying, but will cry again, what should be correct – Little me May 26 '15 at 22:32
  • @pazzo, question is about cry vs crying ( I see now, wrong topic tittle make me unclear ) – Little me May 26 '15 at 22:38
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    Yes, if the baby is crying now, you say I see my baby crying (now). It doesn't matter if the baby will cry again or not. – user6951 May 26 '15 at 22:41

Your a-sentences imply that you saw the baby crying for a certain moment, while the b-sentences imply that you witnessed the crying from the moment it started and until it ended.

Because of that, sentence 1b seems a bit weird. See means that you are witnessing the crying at that moment, so you cannot use cry since the crying has not finished yet.

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    1b can be used, but it means something different than 1a: "When she's unhappy, I see my baby cry." It means that seeing your baby cry is something that has happened, and will likely happen again, but it is not happening now. It's like "I am drinking coffee" versus "I drink coffee". In other words, the sentence is okay, but it doesn't mean "my baby's crying now". – DCShannon May 27 '15 at 3:11

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