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What is the difference between these two sentences?

Asked by Ticce (36points) 1 week ago

1 I saw him painting. – is clear.

What does this mean?
2 I saw that he was painting.

At first glance 2 means the same as 1.

But “I heard him sing.” and “I heard that he sang.” mean different things.

What do you think of 2? What does it mean?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Was is in the past.

LostInParadise's avatar

The proper comparison would be “I heard that he was singing”. Unfortunately, this has two interpretations. It could mean that someone told you he was singing. The other interpretation is unlikely, since sight is different from hearing. You might see someone and then recognize that he is was paining. It is possible but unlikely that you would hear someone and then realize that he was singing.

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