...him beaten... ?

andychen

Senior Member
Chinese, Taiwan
Hi, everyone, what do you think of the following?

1. I saw him beaten by his dad.
2. I pictured him beaten by his dad.
3. I imagined him beaten by his dad.
4. I dreamed him beaten by his dad.


Are these four sentences grammatically acceptable?

Thanks in advance for your comments.
 
  • Tabac

    Senior Member
    U. S. - English
    Hi, everyone, what do you think of the following?

    1. I saw him beaten by his dad.
    2. I pictured him beaten by his dad.
    3. I imagined him beaten by his dad.
    4. I dreamed him beaten by his dad.

    Are these four sentences grammatically acceptable?

    Thanks in advance for your comments.
    In all of these, the implication is that the beating took place before you appeared on the scene. If you "witnessed" the beating, you would need "being" before "beaten". In #4, something is missing: perhaps dreamed "of" or "about".
     

    maxiogee

    Banned
    English
    Hi, everyone, what do you think of the following?

    1. I saw him beaten by his dad.
    2. I pictured him beaten by his dad.
    3. I imagined him beaten by his dad.
    4. I dreamed him beaten by his dad.

    Are these four sentences grammatically acceptable?
    They are, but I would be concerned for the context. Do you mean a physical beating, or beaten in a sport?
    Do you mean that you saw/pictured/imagined/dreamed of the process of the beating (whether physical or sporting) or the end result. Your sentences do not tell us. So whether they are grammatically acceptable depends on what you really want to say.
     
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