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  • Neil
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    1 June, 2018 at 6:40
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    Seeing it grow is……. grow following it without third person ‘s’. Is this because seeing it grow is being used as subject of is?
    It grows in the wild follows rule third person ‘s’ following pronoun it. seeing it grow doesnt

    BOUJAADA
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    6 November, 2019 at 10:39
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    I saw your post then I have rolled it deep in my mind.
    I think that it should be “growing” not “grow” or “grows” as a present participle/adjective modifying the object “it”. So “it” isn’t a subject; it’s an object because we say “Seeing what?”. In spoken English, it may be acceptable, but to make it more accurate, we should say for example “Seeing it growing is really impressive”. It is similar to saying “It’s really impressive to see it growing”

    lyokin
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    15 May, 2020 at 13:21
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    Gerund Phrase

    The use of two verbs of –ing form in a row sounds awkward and has no sense: seeing – growing. There is a perception verb SEE derivation – seeing, which indicates the process. The only Gerund seems enough to indicate the incomplete action. The sequence of perception verbs (hear, see, feel, listen to, watch, notice…) and the next verbs denoting perceived actions fall under the regulation according to the context. If the action is completed, we use the second verb in the indefinite form (infinitive without TO). Sample: I see it grow. / I saw it grow. Thus, anyway, there is no “s” in the verb. Otherwise, it shows the third person, singular, present. SEE or SEEING – that doesn’t matter for understanding the process of watching something.

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