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Why do I say The man watched the whale jump and not the man watched the whale jumps, given that the whale is a singular noun with which the verb should agree.

asked Aug 22 '13 at 11:42 Anushka New member

I might be wrong, but I think that the word 'jump' is infinitive, and therefore it can't be 'jumps'.

Jack PedersenAug 23 '13 at 09:34

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I might be wrong, but I think that the word 'jump' is infinitive, and therefore it can't be 'jumps'.

link answered Aug 23 '13 at 09:38 Jack Pedersen New member

I think you may have hit it, Jack. The sentence seems to follow the pattern in this explanation:

http://www.englishgrammar.org/verbs-infinitives-2/

Lewis NeidhardtAug 23 '13 at 11:47

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This is a great question, Anushka. I know the correct way to write it, but I haven't been able to find a rule to cover this. Hopefully, someone will have an answer for both of us.

link comment answered Aug 22 '13 at 14:46 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Sorry IS related....

link comment answered Aug 22 '13 at 20:04 Damian Farrell New member
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Thanks all for your answers. Damian, you are right and I agree with you, but if I am to explain this to someone, is the rule -use the infinitive when the object performs the action, as the verb in focus is that which is connected to the subject:watched?

link comment answered Aug 25 '13 at 10:58 Anushka New member
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This is because the verb related to the subject of the sentence-in this case the man, rather than the object, the whale.

link comment answered Aug 22 '13 at 19:33 Damian Farrell New member

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