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    Default 'I heard her scream..' versus 'Claire was seen to leave the house before midnight'

    1. 'I heard her scream twice last night'

    2. 'Claire was seen to leave the house before midnight'


    I came across these two sentences in close succession in an English test.


    When I read the first one, I thought 'scream' was a verb. Seeing how a verb in infinitive 'to leave' is used in a similar structure (or at least what I consider to be a simililar structure), I am now beginning to think that 'scream' in the first sentence was a noun, not a verb.

    Is 'scream' a nound in the first sentence?

    If not, how to account for the fact that bare infinitive is used in the first sentence while a full infinitive is used in the second?

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    Default Re: 'I heard her scream..' versus 'Claire was seen to leave the house before midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    1. 'I heard her scream twice last night'
    or: "She was heard to scream twice last night." This is not very natural, but it's possible.

    2. 'Claire was seen to leave the house before midnight'
    "I saw Claire leave the house before midnight"

    [...] If not, how to can/do we account for the fact that bare infinitive is used in the first sentence while a full infinitive is used in the second?
    We use different constructions for the active and passive.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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