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    Default hear you sing or hear your sing?

    This sentence talks about a crow, I don't know if we can call it's voice a sing? It is humanized in this context and that's why I think sing here is an action a human does (like in sing a song), not some voice of an animal. Here is the sentence I'm a little confused and hesitated between hear you sing and hear your sing:


    I heard you sing last week

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    I heard your sing last week

    As I said, you here refers to a crow.

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    Default Re: hear you sing or hear your sing?

    Only "you."
    However, writing "your" when I mean "you" and vice verse is my most common typo. I wouldn't be surprised if others have the same problem.
    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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    Default Re: hear you sing or hear your sing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Only "you."
    However, writing "your" when I mean "you" and vice verse is my most common typo. I wouldn't be surprised if others have the same problem.
    Thank you, it can be understood OK if it's some kind of English daily conversation especially when people leave some comment and post reply but the sentence I asked about is in a test, it should be grammatically correct. It is not a typo at all, in fact the original sentence has a blank requiring a suitable word, here it is:

    I heard .... sing last week. I was sure to choose you but there was a suggestion meaning your is the correct answer. And your answer let me know that the correct (the most suitable word) should be you. Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: hear you sing or hear your sing?

    "Your" is wrong. The test had an error.
    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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    Default Re: hear you sing or hear your sing?

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    This sentence talks about a crow, I don't know if we can call it's voice a sing? It is humanized in this context and that's why I think sing here is an action a human does (like in sing a song), not some voice of an animal. Here is the sentence I'm a little confused and hesitated between hear you sing and hear your sing:


    I heard you sing last week

    vs

    I heard your sing last week

    As I said, you here refers to a crow.

    Thank you very much in advance!
    Could you provide some more context please ?

    Btw. sing, singing, song could be used in reference to the sounds made by some animals such as birds, whales, dolphins.

    cheers

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    Default Re: hear you sing or hear your sing?

    Jaskin, I agree with you, but referring to the vocalization of a crow as singing is being overly generous.

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