V n to-inf

II.10 The 'observe' group

These verbs are concerned with someone being heard or seen to do something. These verbs occur in this pattern only in the passive: the corresponding active pattern is V n inf (see Section 5 below).
New mothers have been observed to touch the feet and hands first, then the body, and then the baby's face.
  • be heard
  • be observed
  • be seen
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