I came cross a sentense as following:

Boy said: I saw dady's car go into the woods.

Is it ringht using "go" instead of "went". Why?

Please help.

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"see", "hear", (and others) are catenative verbs which take the base form of the verb in catenative constructions. They often can take the gerund form as well.

I saw the car go into the woods.
I heard the neighbors take out the trash.
I saw the car moving toward us.
I heard the neighbors telling jokes.

A "that" clause is typically necessary to use the fully inflected form of the second verb:

I saw that the car [went / was going / had gone / had been going] into the woods.
I saw that the car [was moving / moved / had been moving / had moved] toward us.

Thanks for your, CJ.

Usually what kind of verbs can be regarded as catenative verbs? Is there any rule can be followed by? What is the difference between the verb which could be followed by infinitive without "to" and the catenative construction?

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Is there anyone can answer my question? Please help.
I know that "see, notice, observe, hear, watch, smell, feel" are in this same category while "look, listen" are not. Reason? I don't know.
Which verbs are used as catenatives and exactly how they are used is a fairly arbitrary matter. They have to be learned individually for the most part. Here's a site where you can spend an hour or so working on catenative verbs.

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Hi CJ,

SOrry for the late response. I am studying the Venn Diagram of English Verb patterns, now. It really takes time to go through it, but it worth of time.Thanks a lot for your help.

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It is a quite a large task you have set for yourself there!
Excellent work!

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