Questions tagged [verbs-of-perception]

for questions about verbs that convey the experience of the five physical senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell. Some examples of verbs of perception are watch, listen, and feel.

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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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Usage of verbs of perception

This is not one of those women's prisons that we have all seen being all sexy on late-night cable. I saw this line in a tv-series and then I wonder about the construction of this sentence. He is ...
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see something done/ see something being done

As far as I know, we use "see something do" if we see an action from the beginning to the end. And we use "see something doing" if we see an action in progress. I wonder about passive form of this ...
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This period saw them ACCEPT expensive projects and SIGN an agreement

This authoritarian period saw the Maldives accept highly expensive infrastructure projects as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and even sign a free trade agreement with Beijing. Is the above ...
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Get + someone + v-ing

Can "get" be used as a verb of perception? If it is not a verb of perception, what is the meaning of the usage below? We got you coming into Vegas for two days when she died. ( Detectives say ...
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Is “record” a verb of perception

I heard a sentence today which was "I could record him saying ... (something) . " Is "record" also a verb of perception ?
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In the sentence “I have never seen it snow”, what tense is the verb “snow”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "I have never seen it snow", what tense is the verb "snow"? My coworker who is learning English asked me why "I have never seen it snowed" is incorrect, and I wasn't sure how to ...
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Which verb form to use [closed]

Which verb form is correct? They saw that lady broke it last year or They saw that lady break it last year
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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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Is “I heard someone that is singing” a natural sentence?

I've seen I heard someone singing but I haven't seen I heard someone that is singing Is it the same as the first one? or maybe I heard that someone is singing
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“Call” tense in sentence [duplicate]

I can't figure out what's the tense of call in the following phrase I heard someone call my name I mean, I'm quite sure it's infinite but then shouldn't it be calling or to call?
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Verbs of Perception beginning with a past participle

I was teaching my student the concept of past participles and got stuck when I was using it in the use of Verbs of Perception. So I had this sentence: "Tom saw Peter fall off his bicycle," Mary ...
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Verbs of perception: see, hear, watch + object +[bare infinitive/ gerund/ adjective/ past participle/]

Some of the verbs called "verbs of perception or perceptual. However many English language learners would face many problems with using them, me one of them. > Some of them are being used in such ...
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What is “leave” in the sentence “We saw Fred leave”? [duplicate]

Words "leave" and "arrive" belong to which part of speech (noun or bare infinitive) in the following sentences: We saw Fred leave. Did you hear them arrive?
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Verbs with neither “-ing” nor “to” [duplicate]

I heard a phrase, a moment ago, We will see this continue. Why neither continuous tense nor "to" was used for "continue"?
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Why sometimes 'ing' form is not used?

I often encounter statments where "ing" form isn't used. I wonder if "ing" form is incorrect in that context. For Example: Watch me play.(i.e Piano) instead of Watch me playing. I see it ...
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Complex object with “see” usage

The sentences: There wasn't much traffic in the street. I saw a little girl CROSS the road. Question: Why "cross"? Why not "crossing"? Please, explain the rule or the sentence if it is correct.
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I can see a bear go over the river [duplicate]

A bear goes over the river. I can see a bear go over the river. Are the sentences above correct? If the sentence has "can", goes will become to go?
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About Passive voice of perception verb

Could I ask you about 'Passive voice of perception verb'? There is a sentence, here. "'I saw him cross the street.". This sentence is elliptical "to-infinitive". Which passive construction ...
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Using bare infinitive with verbs such as “see”, “watch”, etc.: Present tense or Past Tense?

I know using the bare infinitive after verbs such as hear, see, watch, etc. conveys a different meaning from using the present participle (verb+ing): I watched him climbing over the fence ( ...
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Verbs of perception with passive voice

Is "I saw this being used by you" (odd sentence) the correct way of phrasing this? The word in question is being which I don't know why it is correct. I asked a very similar question some time ago but ...
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“I can see this being useful.” Why not “be”?

I assume this is a correct sentence. I don't think "*I can see this be useful" works, though. Why is that? I thought verbs of perception worked with both the infinitive and the continuous (-ing form): ...
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Bare verb vs gerund: watching them play or playing

I love watching them play in the park. I love watching them playing in the park. Which one is correct or natural if both are correct? Why would you use the bare verb over the gerund in ...
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“He saw it stop and his son get out”

I have been reading Men With Brooms for a few days. I read a sentence which did not make any sense to me, so I landed here to get some help on it. I have pasted the sentence from the novel. Please go ...
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“I heard the clock strike ten”: why not “striked ten”?

I heard the clock strike ten. Why is strike in the simple present in this sentence? What are the conditions for using a simple present verb after a past tense verb to talk about the past?