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I saw him stealing the money (past tense verb+ing)

I saw he steal the money (correct)

I saw he stole the money (incorrect) - can someone explain to me why is this one wrong?

I saw he was stealing the money (correct) - also this
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As you saw somebody in action of doing something, the best option would be: I saw him stealing the money.
Hi,

I saw him stealing the money (past tense verb+ing) As already pointed out, this stresses that you saw him 'in the act'.

I saw he steal the money (correct) Incorrect. You need 'him', not 'he'. This stresses you saw the completed act.

I saw he stole the money (incorrect) - can someone explain to me why is this one wrong? It's not wrong. This states a simple fact about the past.

I saw he was stealing the money (correct) - This states a fact about the past. To native speakers, the use of the continuous instead of the simple past 'stole' suggests that perhaps the act of stealing was not completed.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi,

I saw him stealing the money (past tense verb+ing) As already pointed out, this stresses that you saw him 'in the act'.

I saw he steal the money (correct) Incorrect. You need 'him', not 'he'. This stresses you saw the completed act.

I saw he stole the money (incorrect) - can someone explain to me why is this one wrong? It's not wrong. This states a simple fact about the past.

I saw he was stealing the money (correct) - This states a fact about the past. To native speakers, the use of the continuous instead of the simple past 'stole' suggests that perhaps the act of stealing was not completed.

Best wishes, Clive

I saw him steal the money is correct? Emotion: tongue tied Because the question was actually I say the youth steal/stole the money. Which the answer turned to be steal.
Hi,

I saw him steal the money is correct? Yes. 'Steal' is the bare infinitive form. It's a common construction, eg I saw him fall, I heard him shout.

Or you could use a subordinate clause, and say I saw that he stole the money.

Best wishes, Clive
So if I want to use 'stole', I have to write like what you just did? Emotion: smile The conclusion is that both are correct but with respective rules of grammar? Emotion: smile
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Hi,

Yes.

Clive