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Hi, Toaha,

@Toaha posted:

Can I write this sentence: "I went to the hospital and I saw a patient being treated last night" like these ways:

1. I went to the hospital and I saw a patient who was treated last night.

I'd say " Last night, I went to the the hospital and saw a patient in the act of being treated ." You can also say "Last night, I went to the hospital and saw that there was a patient who was being treated -at that time-  there." OR "Last night, I went to the hospital and saw that a patient was being treated there."

@Toaha posted:

Can I write this sentence: "I went to the hospital and I saw a patient being treated last night" like these ways:

2. I went to the hospital and I saw a nurse treated a patient last night.

You should use either 'treat' or 'treating' instead of 'treated'. You can also say  "Last night, I went to the hospital and saw that a nurse was looking after (treating) a patient there."

Last edited by ahmed_btm
@ahmed_btm posted:
@Toaha posted:

Can I write this sentence: "I went to the hospital and I saw a patient being treated last night" like these ways:

1. I went to the hospital and I saw a patient who was treated last night.

Hi, Toaha,

I'd say " Last night, I went to the the hospital and saw a patient in the act of being treated ." You can also say "Last night, I went to the hospital and saw that there was a patient who was being treated -at that time-  there." OR "Last night, I went to the hospital and saw that a patient was being treated there."

You should use either 'treat' or 'treating' instead of 'treated'. You can also say  "Last night, I went to the hospital and saw that a nurse was looking after (treating) a patient there."

You've presented some good options, Ahmed. If Toaha intends the adverbial "last night" to apply to both independent clauses, those are indeed much better sentences. However, we should also bear in mind that the sentence is correct as written if the speaker, say, went to the hospital this morning:

  • This morning I went to the hospital, and I saw a patient who had been treated there last night.
  • I went to the hospital and saw a patient who was treated there last night.
@Toaha posted:
2. I went to the hospital and I saw a nurse treated a patient last night.

This sentence could also be used if the speaker went to the hospital this morning and saw (that) a nurse (had) treated a patient last night. I agree that the sentence is much better with "that" if Toaha intends "a nurse treated a patient last night" to be understood as a finite clause.

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