See Somebody DO , See Somebody DOING something


This is a bit confusing for some students of ESL, or English as a Second Language. Well, let's discuss it the simplest possible way. 

When we see somebody DO something, this means we saw the action from the beginning to the end.


I saw him cook ramen. This simply means that from the beginning of the cooking process to the end of the cooking process, I witnessed everything.)


I saw him cooking ramen. (This means that at that particular time when I saw him, he was in the middle of an action, it was an ongoing action. I did not see the action from the beginning to the end, I just saw a part of it.)

To be more specific about this, please watch the YouTube video below. Thank you very much! ~

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