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