Is there something like a "declarative" tense? It is present tense. If you noticed at sometime in the past you would say When I arrived at his house I saw that he had a new car. The only thing is that see when used in this sense is something that has relevance to a moment in the recent past which has now gone - the moment when you 'saw'.
But because it is relevant to the present time his having a new car, as opposed to a past time when he had an old car one is extending the notion of the present to include something that has recently happened. It is a bit like saying: I am currently playing tennis twice a week. The playing twice-weekly probably started a few weeks ago, but because it differentiates what is happening now, as opposed to what may have happened in the past when you only played once a week you treat the current position as present.
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Viewed 4k times. I see is the present tense; I saw is the past tense. There are no others. It means "I noticed". The implication is that this noticing occurred "recently", probably since your last encounter with the person to whom you are speaking.
Eg, you might say "I see that they tore down that old theater," even though you noticed this Friday night and you are speaking Monday morning. It is simple present. Simple present is used to talk about facts.
It is a fact that he sees that the person has a new car. Are we going to start saying "birds are flying. Do we say Fidelio Overture, Op.
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Facts are yes or no things. So for me, "see" cannot be used as a present continuous. You wouldn't say "I'm seeing you have a new car. Am I missing the point here? Does that help? WS2 WS2 59k 33 33 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. But what about the semantically implied? You wouldn't say "I'm seeing you have a new car". With static verbs like knowyou have a similar phenomenon, but can see be seen as a static verb?
On the one hand I am thinking that see in this context is static, like know. On the other hand I can think of it used in a continuous sense, very much like the one we are discussing e.
Same things apply with hear. I hear you have a new car. I see nothing at all wrong with I am currently playing tennis twice a week. It sounds perfectly idiomatic to me. I will give some more thought to your earlier point about since. Present tense because seeing the car and telling at the same time. Nimish Nimish 2 2 bronze badges. A holiday carol for coders. Featured on Meta. Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio. Related 8. Hot Network Questions.
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