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    He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Dear Teachers,

    Please tell me which of the following sentences is correct and which is wrong:

    1) John was heard laugh.

    2) John was heard to laugh.


    Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    I would say : John was heard laughing.

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    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Instead, I would say (with another example):
    I heard him laughing.

    The other way (to+infinitive) means that you heard him beacause it makes him laugh.
    Therefore, both possibilities are correct, but with a change in meaning.
    Last edited by Leandro-Z; 06-Aug-2010 at 18:29.

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    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    I would say : John was heard laughing.
    Thank you, jiamajia

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    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    Instead, I would say (with another example):
    I heard him laughing.

    The other way (to+infinitive) means that you heard him beacause it makes him laugh.
    Therefore, both possibilities are correct, but with a change in meaning.
    Thank you,Leandro

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    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The "to" is required here. "John was heard laugh", is incorrect. You could also write -
    John was heard to sing
    John was heard to chuckle
    John was heard to cry
    John was heard to scream
    Thank you, Gillnetter, for your help.

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    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    I would say : John was heard laughing.
    That's a possibility, but to my ear there's a difference.

    He was heard to laugh - The hearers might have been wrong, or the report may be in doubt

    He was heard laughing - He was definitely laughing

    But there can be an overlap in the meanings.

    b

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    #8

    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Wait a minute, I have recently found the answer...

    When you hear someone laughing, you hear that person for a certain period.

    When you hear someone laugh, you hear that person only once.

    Example 1: I heard him lauhging (Ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja,ja...)

    Example 2: I heard him laugh (Ja, and that`s all)

    It`s like "see"...

    I saw him jumping into the river (He jumped into the river several times and consecutively)

    I saw him jump (Just one time and nothing else)


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    Re: He was heard laugh or He was heard to laugh ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Please tell me which of the following sentences is correct and which is wrong:

    1) John was heard laugh.

    2) John was heard to laugh.


    Thank you.
    Hi,
    The correct sentence would be "John was heard laughing" This is a passive sentence where we have the verb "To be" + the particible of the main verb. Here the verb "hear" is followed by the gerund not the infinitive. You could also say "They heard John laughing." (This would be the active sentence)
    Bye.

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