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    #1

    use or using

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    I've never heard anyone use that term in real life.

    Is it possible to say

    I've never heard anyone using that term in real life.

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    #2

    Re: use or using

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I run into
    I've never heard anyone use that term in real life.

    Is it possible to say

    I've never heard anyone using that term in real life.

    Thanks
    Yes, both are correct.

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    #3

    Re: use or using

    I have two questions regarding that sentence.
    Can you please tell me why my versions are probably wrong?
    I've never heard anyone uses that term in real life.
    I've never heard anyone
    to use that term in real life.

    When reading the first sentence, think about this:
    I've never heard that anyone uses that term in real life.

    I believe the first version could be correct too, but the second one might be wrong.

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: use or using

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I have two questions regarding that sentence.
    Can you please tell me why my versions are probably wrong?
    I've never heard anyone uses that term in real life.
    I've never heard anyone
    to use that term in real life.

    When reading the first sentence, think about this:
    I've never heard that anyone uses that term in real life.

    I believe the first version could be correct too, but the second one might be wrong.

    Cheers!
    The first one would be OK as "I've never heard of anyone who/that uses..."
    We don't say, for example, "I heard him to sing" or "I heard him to say", in the same way we don't say "I heard/I've never heard him to use". You can however say "He was heard to use/sing/say etc.
    The same applies to the verb "to see".
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Sep-2010 at 18:04.

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    #5

    Re: use or using

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ...
    I've never heard anyone uses that term in real life.
    ...
    When reading the first sentence, think about this:
    I've never heard that anyone uses that term in real life.

    ...
    That longer sentence sounds very Teutonic! So I'm afraid it doesn't justify the shorter one.

    'Heard that' tends to introduce a statement: 'Have you heard that they're instituting a pay-freeze?' If you hear someone saying something, you...er... hear them saying it.

    b

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    #6

    Re: use or using

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    I've never heard anyone use that term in real life.

    I've never heard anyone using that term in real life.

    After all I think that the first sentence isn't a pretty good solution because it isn't possible to hear someone's complete use of that term since the speaker uses it from time to time during his whole life. Then the sentence makes no sense. Not applicable in this case.

    but

    I have never heard anyone using that term in real life., means for me that
    I have never heard any of anyone's particular using the term at the moment what is possible for sure.
    Last edited by e2e4; 06-Sep-2010 at 20:59.

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