Hi all,

Which is correct and why?

1) When I went shopping last Saturday, I saw a man driving his car onto the sidewalk.

2) When I went shopping last Saturday, I saw a man drive his car onto the sidewalk.

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IMO the first one is fine. You can paraphrase "....I saw a man WHO WAS driving his car...."

Both are correct
You can see a man do an action; here you just state what he does/did
You can see a man as he is/was doing the action. This way of speaking is more descriptive
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I am still confused...

I think the two sentences have a different meaning. Maybe they are both correct...

Certain verbs of perception are followed by either the simple form of a verb or the -ing form of a verb (The -ing form refers to the present participle). There is often little difference in meaning between the two forms, except that the -ing form usually gives the idea of "while".
Sometimes (not always) there is a clear difference between using the simple form or the -ing form. The use of the -ing form gives the idea that an activity is already in progress when it is perceived, as in # 1: The driving was in progress when I first saw it. In # 2 I saw the driving from beginning to end. It was not in progress when I first saw it.
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Verbs of perception can be followed by either a bare infinitive or by the -ing form.
I hear her come in
I heard her coming in

He saw her fall
He saw her falling


As I said, the -ing form is more descriptive, like in a film, you saw, heard... the action BEING PERFORMED. With the bare infinitive, you see... that the action takes place.

In your other examples, the-ing form enables a verb to act as a noun, as a subject, or direct object. That's grammar, you can't use an infinitive in those examples.
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