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    Here is a question:
    What happened? Did you hear the glass ____ on the floor?
    A breaking B break C broken D to be broken
    Which is the choice?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Smile Re: breaking

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Here is a question:
    What happened? Did you hear the glass ____ on the floor?
    A breaking B break C broken D to be broken
    Which is the choice?
    Thank you in advance.
    It's B - break.

    There are verbs of action in English that prefer to be used with the bare infinitive in such constructions, for simple reason - the action is very short in its duration. Sometimes, it's also about the context.

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    Default Re: breaking

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    It's B - break.

    There are verbs of action in English that prefer to be used with the bare infinitive in such constructions, for simple reason - the action is very short in its duration. Sometimes, it's also about the context.
    Is A - breaking acceptable?
    And i think C-broken is bad, because we can hear no noise after something has broken. D- to be broken should be without "to".
    How about "being broken" which means someone was breaking it?
    Actually, B is best.
    THanks again.
    Last edited by norwolf; 08-Nov-2008 at 05:28.

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    Cool Re: breaking

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Is A - breaking acceptable?
    And i think C-broken is bad, because we can hear no voice after something has broken. D- to be broken should be without "to".
    How about "being broken" which means someone was breaking it?
    Actually, B is best.
    THanks again.
    The other options are not so good as the one I've already picked. Logically speaking, it's the sound that you hear while a glass breaks, which is normally short and perceived as a single, complete event, in which case it is determined by the use of a bare infinitive.

    Last edited by engee30; 07-Nov-2008 at 16:33.

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