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    Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head

    Hi,

    Is the word come here used correctly?

    Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head.


    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Is the word come here used correctly?

    Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head.


    Many thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Ferdie.

    (1) Yes, I believe the sentence is correct.

    (2) He heard a hum [to] come from ....

    (a) After the verb "hear," native speakers have decided NOT to use

    the "to."

    ***** Thank you *****

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    #3

    Re: Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Is the word come here used correctly?

    Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head.


    Many thanks.
    Then he heard a mechanical hum coming from inside the corpse's head.

    I would use "coming" because it was happening at the time that he heard it.

    I can hear a hum.
    Where is it coming from?
    It's coming from inside the head of that corpse!!!

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    Re: Next he heard a mechanical hum come from inside the corpse's head

    We know 'hear someone/something doing something' is correct. But, I suppose, the question is, is 'hear someone/something do something' also correct? And if yes, is there a difference in meaning?

    (a) I heard him crying for help. Then there was silence.
    (b) I heard him cry for help. Then there was silence.

    What do you think? Is (b) OK? Personally, I think that if it is a repeated cry for help, (a) is correct, but if it's a single cry for help, (a) or (b) is correct.

    In the example given, a hum is a continuous sound. This is comparable to(a) above - OK, the cry's repeated, the hum's continuous but they're comparable to the extent that they are continuing - so for that reason only, I would say 'coming'.
    Last edited by bertietheblue; 13-Jun-2010 at 21:21. Reason: added '/something'

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