grammar question


Yesterday, I saw a cat  __ a rat down the drain.  Chased or chase ? The correct answer given was chase. Can someone explain the grammar rule here ?

asked Feb 16 '12 at 04:29 helenclaire New member

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Chase is correct, I am not sure why but I think it has something to do with seeing and chasing happening at the same time, or just that the action is reported. If you said I saw a cat and it chased a rat, it would be in past tense... think of other examples and it is quite clear to the inner grammar ear that 'chase' is correct, like I learned how to drive a car, he heard his mother scream, etc.

link comment answered Feb 16 '12 at 07:59 Tuula Salonen New member

As it is a past indefinite tense in which second form of verb will apply.... the word "saw" is already being used in the sentence, so after that all verbs will take first form of verb...

link comment answered Feb 16 '12 at 11:01 Haroon New member

I saw a cat chasing a rat down the drain.

This means that you did not see the complet action, from the beginning to end.

I saw a cat chase a rat down the drain.

This means that you saw complete action, from beginning to end.

link comment answered Feb 18 '12 at 12:36 Z. A. Jazley Expert

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