He'd like to see us finished/finish/finishing by tomorrow .....

Sea Serpent

Member
Japanese - Tokyo
Dear all,

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A and B are working in an office. Mr. Watkins is their boss.
A and B have following dialogue.

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A: By when are we supposed to have all these papers sorted out?
B: Mr.Watkins told me he'd like to see us FINISHED/FINISH/FINISHING by tomorrow.
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My question is about the capitalized part: FINISHED/FINISH/FINISHING

1) Please tell me those three are all grammatical or not
2) Which one sounds idiomatic from native speakers' perspectives

Regards,
 
  • Sea Serpent

    Member
    Japanese - Tokyo
    Thanks for reply.

    I know , "he'd like us to finish" sounds fine. In this case, "to finish" is the only possibility.

    But, my question is about the grammar of " ... he'd like to see us FINISHED/FINISH/FINISHING by tomorrow."

    Are they all OK?

    Regards,
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I think "He'd like to see us finished..." sounds a bit odd, almost as if the boss wants to see them worn out or exhausted.

    Either of the other two would work, with "finish" carrying more of a suggestion of fully completed.
     
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