Gerund phrase

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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”

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