I saw that she was crying VS. I saw her crying. Is there a difference in meaning between them to you? Thank you so much in advance
Yes, there is a difference in meaning with both the crying and fighting examples you give.
I saw her crying is a very clear statement. It means that while she was crying, you saw that happening with your own eyes.
I saw that she was crying is a bit more vague. You might have seen it happening, but perhaps you just saw evidence (puffy red eyes) that she had been crying.
I heard them fighting last night = with your own ears, you heard the noises associated with that fight.
I heard that they were fighting last night = someone told you that they had the fight, but you didn’t actually hear it yourself.
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