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Verbs of Perception: I SAW a man JUMP the fence of your house

A woman: I've lost my precious jewelry. A thief broke into my house last night. [Sad mood]

Neighbor 1: I'm sorry to hear that. Actually, I passed by your house and saw someone jumping the fence of your house last night.

A woman: Really, why didn't you tell me? [Annoyed mood]

Neighbor 1: I'm sorry, I was in a hurry. I thought he was just doing an exercise.

A woman: ..................... [*^(%*$] ^^

Neighbor 2: Mmm.... To be honest, I definitely saw a man jump the fence of your house.

A woman: Then?

Neighbor 2: I noticed him broke into your house. A few minutes later, after entering your house, I heard him laugh for getting something precious. I watch him get out of your house with victorious smile on his face. He didn't wear a mask.

A Woman: Now where is your care for your neighbor? Why didn't you tell me or call the police? [Anger mood]

Neighbor 2: I'm sorry, I was taking a video for Y**tube content. I will give you the link so you will know the thief.

A woman: ..................... [)*^*%^$#9*&^%#$#]

:D :D :D

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Hi everyone! The dialogue was just kidding. ^^

This is about "Verbs of Perception". Certain verbs of perception are followed by infinitive without to OR -ing form.

PATTERN: "Verbs of perception + noun as object + verb-base / verb-ing"

Lets look at the difference of the two.

1. I saw a man jump the fence.

(Meaning: I saw the jumping from the beginning to end, I saw the whole event)

2. I saw a man jumping the fence.

(Meaning: I saw the jumping when it was in progress, I saw the event or action in progress. If jumping the fence needs 30 seconds, I saw probably just one second)

Several verbs of perception: hear, feel, observe, smell, see, watch, notice, look at, listen to.

What about the following sentences? Which one is followed by infinitive without to and which one is followed by -ing form?

1. I heard him __________ (talk) with my mother. To give them privacy, I went out enjoying the fresh air.

2. Behind the door, I stood and heard him __________ (talk) with my mother.

3. I saw them __________ (eat) all the fruits. They ate them gluttonously. What ravenous people!

4. I saw them __________ (eat) the fruits. Then, I went to the terrace. Several minutes later, I found that they left no any fruits for me.

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Thank you very much for your precious time.

Have a wonderful April! ^_^

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Comment by Onee-chan on April 11, 2019 at 16:59

Dear Saba,

Thank you so much for your visit. I'm glad you like it.

Happy to see you around. ^_^

Comment by saba on April 9, 2019 at 16:38
Hi Onee

Your explanation about "Verbs of Perception" and the examples and exercises are very easy for learning grammar rules. Thanks for sharing.

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Comment by Onee-chan on April 3, 2019 at 11:35

Thank you for your appreciation, dear Olga and Rosemary. ^_^


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Comment by Onee-chan on April 3, 2019 at 11:31

Of course you did it perfectly, Rose. Thanks. The mistake is on my sentence. But it doesn't relate to verbs of perception. 

This one: I heard him talking with my mother. To give them privacy, I went out enjoying the fresh air.

'Privacy' is uncountable noun, and 'Giving privacy' means different in that sentence. I can't explain well about this. hehe.

Sorry. I was sleepy when writing this. ^^

Have a good day!


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Comment by Onee-chan on April 3, 2019 at 11:03

Dear Rose,

Thank you so much. I didn't check it as it doesn't have red underline showing incorrect vocab. I don't know further explanation, but 'jewelry' is perfect of course.

Thank you once again. ^^

Comment by Rose Iris on April 2, 2019 at 18:36

Dear Onee-chan. Just for your consideration:

You've written: I've lost my precious jewelries.
Jewelry is the collective name of rings, brilliants, necklaces, and so on. There is no plural.

Your post is a very interesting subject. I will work it through. Thanks.

Comment by Rose Iris on April 1, 2019 at 20:44

I heard him talking with my mother. Giving privacy, I went to buy some fruits.

Behind the door, I stood and listened to him talk with my mother.

I saw them eat all fruits. They ate them gluttonously. What ravenous people!

I saw them eating the fruits. Then, I went to the terrace. Several minutes later, I found that they left no fruits for me.

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