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Hi teachers,

Could I know which one should it be, "came" or "come"?

Thank you.

Regards,

TN
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I saw Jane come by yesterday.
Hi Yoong Liat,

Thanks for your reply. I understand now.

Regards,

Tinanam
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Hi Tinanam

You're welcome.

Regards

YL
If you actually saw Jane when she came by, then you should say "I saw Jane come by yesterday." But you can also say, "I saw (that) Jane came by yesterday." In this case, you didn't actually see Jane, but you saw some evidence that told you she had been there. (Maybe she left you a note.)
Hi Knoff,

Thanks for your help. Could I know in #2 case, where you didn't actually see Jane, if "that" is needed? Because I noticed there is a bracket with "that".

Thank you.

Regards,

Tinanam
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"I saw Jane come by yesterday." In this sentence "come" is a bare infinitive. Time is established by the verb "saw" which is in past tense form.

"I saw that Jane came by yesterday." In this sentence "came" is the lexical verb of a subordinate clause hence it must show its relation to time, which in this case is past tense. "That" shows us that this is a subordinate clause and, in my opinion, using "that" is essential in this instance.
TN: If you wish to say that you heard about or were told about Jane's visit, many native speakers would prefer the present tense: Well, I SEE (that) Jane CAME by yesterday. If you use the present tense, "that" would definitely be optional. E. G., I see/hear/understand Jane GOT married last week.
AnonymousTN: If you wish to say that you heard about or were told about Jane's visit, many native speakers would prefer the present tense: Well, I SEE (that) Jane CAME by yesterday. If you use the present tense, "that" would definitely be optional. E. G., I see/hear/understand Jane GOT married last week.


I'm sure it's just a typo, but to avoid confusing learners, I want to point out that "came" and "got" are past, not present.
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