Realizing/realized/understood?

Sentence=(The manage to leave without any of us,realizing).can I write understood Instead of realizing?and why must we use realizing instead of realized?

note:I have seen this sentence in dictionary.

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  • 8 years ago
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    The sentence should be worded:

    They managed to leave without any of us realizing

    But can also be worded:

    They managed to leave without any of us understanding

    (You cannot use 'understood' as that is the wrong tense for the sentence)

    However the second sentence makes little to no sense. While the words can be synonyms, in these sentence's they change the meaning of the sentence.

    The first sentence means no one noticed those people left, whereas the second sentence means that no one understood why they left.

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