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    Need native speaker's advice. We ____ him playing baseball.

    We ____ him playing baseball. (A) knew (B) looked at (C) asked (D) listened to
    The answer is option B. But one of my students argues that D is also acceptable. What's your comment?
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    Re: Need native speaker's advice. We ____ him playing baseball.

    "Looked at" is not as good as "watched" -- which is not an option.
    "Listened to" is perfectly grammatical. Perhaps they are blind. (There was a character on a TV show who was blind but who loved basketball so much he could picture the action based on what he heard.) I also remember many hours spent in my room, which was over the garage and the basketball hoop was attached over the garage door. I certainly heard a lot of basketball playing growing up. I didn't usually actively listen, but I could have.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Need native speaker's advice. We ____ him playing baseball.

    I think one more reason for the (D) to also be acceptable is that "listened to" and "looked at" refer to "Verbs of Perception" that are used in this grammatical construction (Comlex object) followed by bare-infinitive or participle I.
    We looked at him playing baseball.
    We looked at him play baseball

    (I'm not a teacher and native speaker)

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    Re: Need native speaker's advice. We ____ him playing baseball.

    People certainly do listen to baseball games on the radio.

    "Watched" would be natural, as Barb said. Not "looked at."

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