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    fail and hear

    i have few questions about the verbs fail and hear. I hope you could provide me a detailed answer to this.

    What verb-form is Fail and hear in these sentences:

    1. I fail to see your report.
    * Why not the past tense? The sentence i think requires the past form of the verb.

    2. I hear that you are getting married.
    *The same as through with this sentence.

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    Re: fail and hear

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    i have few questions about the verbs fail and hear. I hope you could provide me a detailed answer to this.

    What verb-form is Fail and hear in these sentences:

    1. I fail to see your report.
    * Why not the past tense? The sentence i think requires the past form of the verb.

    Presumably you are talking to someone in the present, rather that about the past.

    2. I hear that you are getting married.
    *The same as through with this sentence. The same here.
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    Re: fail and hear

    I see* your problem with 'fail to see'. After all, there was an event: the first time I heard, I failed to see. But that failure continues into the present. It would be possible to use 'failed' if the context showed that the failure to see was only temporary: 'at first, I failed to see..., but now I understand'.

    *Note my use of the present here.

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