How could 3 verbs (standing, watch and took) comes in a row? I don't understand this sentence grammatically.
"Standing watch" actually means to be in one place guarding or watching something or someone. To take pity on someone means to feel sorry for someone. Connecting these ideas together, we can understand this sentence as meaning "the officer that was standing watch at the Prime Minister's door felt sorry for the cat and knocked on the door for it." Ex: The officers with the tall hats that stand watch outside the royal residence are called the Queen's Guard. Ex: I will stand watch outside the building to catch the culprits.
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