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Muhamed Tešić
Spoken vs written English
I was watching a documentary over meth problem in new Mexico and CA in which i heard to say

"I have seen one of my neighbors going completely insane smoking Meth"

My version: "i have seen one of my neighbors who has been completely insane for smoking Meth"

Which one looks natural and grammatically correct?
Does my version express the same meaning or not?

Apr 30, 2020 4:39 AM
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Go insane = more informal
Become insane = more formal
April 30, 2020
The first statement sounds more natural. "I have seen one of my neighbors going completely insane smoking Meth" but I would say "I have seen one of my neighbors go completely insane smoking Meth"

The appropriate verb for the context is "to go". Your version uses "has been" which means it is a continuing state rather than a moment in which meth created a moment of insanity.

Hope this helps!
April 30, 2020
Muhamed Tešić
Language Skills
Bosnian, English
Learning Language
English