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    Can you tell there are any differences between 2 sentences? "Heard" is a sense verb.

    He heard someone calling his name.

    He heard someone call his name.

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    Re: differences

    (not a teacher, just a native speaker)
    Aside from the obvious tense of the verb difference, in meaning I think that "He heard someone calling his name" would seem they might be calling his name over and over, as if they were trying to get his attention. If you were in a classroom and the teacher was trying to figure out who Jane Smith is, she might repeat the name over and over. Jane's friend would say, hey, the teacher is calling your name.

    The other, "call his name" tends to indicate more that somebody called it out once. Again say in a classroom, the teacher reads a list of names once. Jane says, "I heard you call my name."

    best of luck

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    Re: differences

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    Can you tell there are any differences between 2 sentences? "Heard" is a sense verb.

    He heard someone calling his name.

    He heard someone call his name.

    Thanks a lot
    I'm not sure why "heard" being a 'sense verb' makes a difference. They're both OK, and reflect a different focus:

    He heard something. (The something was "someone calling his name").

    He heard someone. (And what that person did was "call his name").

    b

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