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Are these sentences right? There was hardly any hope of his passing the exam. He is said to have studied English for 10 years. I saw the house set fire. I saw her kiss him.
May 27, 2015 12:59 PM
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I saw her kiss him>>I saw her kissing him. He is said to have studied English for 10 years >> He said he had studied English for 10 years There was hardly any hope of his passing the exam >> It was hopeless for him to pass the exam or He could hardly have passed the exam I saw the house set fire >> I saw the burning house
May 27, 2015
They're all fine apart, from the third one. 'Set fire' is a transitive verb. For example, 'The burglars set fire to the house.' If, for example, you saw a spark from something land on a house and the house started to burn, you could say 'I saw the house catch fire.' For the first one, many native speakers would say ' of him passing..', which is less correct than your version. It is more correct to say 'of his passing..'.
May 27, 2015
They are all correct, except for the third one. You could say: I saw the house set on fire. or I saw the house catch on fire. or I saw the house be set on fire. The others are good-- in fact the first two are at a higher register of English than is used in every-day speech.
May 27, 2015
There was hardly any hope of him passing the exam. He is said to have studied English for 10 years. I saw the house being set on fire. I saw her kiss him.
May 27, 2015
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