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Is the following sentence right in any way:

I saw him saying that to the Chairman

instead of the more acceptable

I heard him saying that to the Chairman?

I have a sense that the first sentence focuses more on the action and the second one on the fact, but I am not 100% sure.

  • It makes no sense to me. You could say I saw him talking to the Chairman. But if you are referring to something specific which he said, it would have to be 'heard' - unless you are a lip reader! – WS2 Nov 8 '15 at 0:16
  • You can see someone talking from across the room, but generally only hear them if they are next to you. – marcellothearcane Sep 1 '19 at 6:49
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Both sentences are grammatical but mean different things. One uses one's eyes to see the images and one's ears to hear the sounds involved in this case.

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Both could be used, but it largely depends on the context. Let's say you are a in a court of law as a witness. A prosecutor could ask you:

You just stated you heard him saying that. Did you personally see him (pointing at a defendant) saying that to the Chairman?

You could answer:

Yes, I (personally/in person) saw him saying that to the Chairman.

This conversation might not take place very frequently, but is not impossible.

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