February 18th, 2010

silver corset

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I would like to know the grammatical difference between "He saw me leave" and "He saw me leaving." I think the main verb distinguishes between a progressive or continuous action and a simple action. Does "saw" count as an auxiliary verb?

More interestingly, are there dialects which prefer one over the other? As a speaker of relatively BBC RP, I would say "he had me leave" as a causative alternative to "made me leave" but I can't quite make my mind up over the cases above.
silver corset

(no subject)

If one can get into a country with a passport which doesn't even contain the right number of digits in its identifying number, then one is clearly not stupid. It is therefore unlikely to be a coincidence that the name in the passport is shared with that of a citizen of (one or more) countries with related political sensitivities. The only group naïve enough to believe this a coincidence is, unfortunately, the general public.

What's two plus two? Well, it's more than two, because we have two, and we're adding something to it. Is it three?

Naturally, one can't claim to know what's going on, but one can at least point out that the simplest possible case is at least an instance of the two ranchers dilemma, and not the obvious red-top headline.