LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||10/JAN/2006 1:04 PM|
|Assunto:||Question about grammar|
Nice you've found this Johannes (I think that's the second time you find old posts of mine, remember I was a very young adult when I started posting here so I must have said a lot of nonsense throughout my career around here).
Let me fix some details:
Based on: Michael Swan, Practical English Usage, OUP (Oxford University Press), 2nd. edition, page 261, entry 277-3:
"Certain verbs are followed by object+infinitive without 'to'. They include let, make, see, hear, watch and notice."
She lets her children stay up very late.
After the verb let we have an object pronoun (her children=them) and object pronouns do not conjugate any verb.
So in the sentence: At another window, someone else was watching Jack play. We've got the main verb watch and that would be the reason for play is in base form without to.
I guess it sounds kind of akward for us, as we are not used to seeing the verb 'watch' followed by another verb, that's much more common with let and make (That's not quite what I think today, but as I wrote it...)
Jim made me work this weekend.
I've got an appointment today, so Jim let me leave ealier.
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