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    Correct usage of jerk

    I have this sentence that needs some evaluation. Do you say, I felt the bus jerk/jerked......., and what's the reason for using jerk instead of jerked

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    Re: Correct usage of jerk

    Not a teacher

    I'd say "jerk" since it reffers to a movement of the bus. Consider the following:

    "I felt the floor move."
    "I felt the building shake."

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    Re: Correct usage of jerk

    Quote Originally Posted by innovatr58 View Post
    I have this sentence that needs some evaluation. Do you say, I felt the bus jerk/jerked......., and what's the reason for using jerk instead of jerked

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I agree with Mannysteps's excellent answer.

    (2) I believe that "to feel" is one of those verbs that

    require the bare infinitive (no "to") or an -ing word.

    I felt the bus jerk (maybe a complete action).

    I felt the bus jerking (maybe a continuing action).

    (3) The past tense ("jerked") is not acceptable.



    Sincerely,


    James


    P.S. As I said, you need the bare infinitive/ -ing after

    "to feel," but sometimes you hear:

    I felt her to be an excellent teacher.

    In this case, I think that the "to" is required because

    you are not using "to feel" in the usual sense. In this case,

    you are using "to feel" as another word for "to consider."

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