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I heard a dog bark, and then a car started and drove off.
I read this sentence from a grammar book published by Cambridge. I thought we should say 'I heard a dog bark, and then a car start and drive off'. Am I right?
Thank you in advance.
It actually could be either way from a grammatical standpoint (although your version is awkward and not what people would typically say), but with a slightly different emphasis. In regard to the car starting and driving off, it depends on whether the speaker wants to emphasize that he heard it happen or simply that it happened. This is tricky, though, because apparently the only way the speaker knew this information about the car was because he heard it. Although we understand the fact that he heard it in the context of the passage, there's really no pressing need to emphasize that fact. The point is that he knows the car started and drove off. I'd leave the sentence the way it is. Others may have a different take on this.
Hope this helps.
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Last edited by dragn; 06-Oct-2009 at 04:12.