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    Default Hear somebody do/doing

    I often hear my next door neighbor play the piano.

    I often hear my next door neighbor playing the piano.


    I would like to know whether both are proper English, but the first one is better. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Hear somebody do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I often hear my next door neighbor play the piano.

    I often hear my next door neighbor playing the piano.


    I would like to know whether both are proper English, but the first one is better. Thank you.
    I would you the second rather than the first. because it's an action that's going on (you can hear him so he's playing the piano.)

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    Default Re: Hear somebody do/doing

    I'm not a teacher.

    As I understood the grammar, you can use both structures in such a case.
    But I don't know which one is better and why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meee View Post
    I would you the second rather than the first. because it's an action that's going on (you can hear him so he's playing the piano.)
    Thank you.

    Someone argues that if we see 'often' is used, the sentence stresses a regular ocurrence rather than an on-going action, like:

    'I often see him take No. 3 Bus' rather than 'I often see him taking No.3 Bus'.

    'I saw him taking No. 3 Bus yesterday' rather than I saw him take No. 3 Bus yesterday'.

    Please advise if my understanding is correct or not.

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    Default Re: Hear somebody do/doing

    I did not know the structure has the present meaning, did it?

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    Default Re: Hear somebody do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you.

    Someone argues that if we see 'often' is used, the sentence stresses a regular ocurrence rather than an on-going action, like:

    'I often see him take No. 3 Bus' rather than 'I often see him taking No.3 Bus'.

    'I saw him taking No. 3 Bus yesterday' rather than I saw him take No. 3 Bus yesterday'.

    Please advise if my understanding is correct or not.
    They are both equally correct.

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