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    talk or talks; hear or heard; happen or happened

    Dear teacher,
    Could you please tell me what is right, what is wrong and why:

    It was very strange and unusual to hear our guest talk(s) all the time.

    He asked me not to slam the door so that the rest of the tenants in our house hear(d) it.

    I and my friend had a strange thing happen(ed) to us.

    Thank you.

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    Re: talk or talks; hear or heard; happen or happened

    Please use a larger font.

    It was very strange and unusual to hear our guest talk all the time. This is correct.

    He asked me not to slam the door so that the rest of the tenants in our house hear(d) it. This doesn't make sense.

    My friend and I had a strange thing happen to us. Now it's correct.



    I'll let somebody else explain why.

    Rover

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    Re: talk or talks; hear or heard; happen or happened

    With your middle sentence, I assume you meant something like:

    He asked me not to slam the door so loudly that everyone else in the house heard it (or could hear it).


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    #4

    Re: talk or talks; hear or heard; happen or happened

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With your middle sentence, I assume you meant something like:

    He asked me not to slam the door so loudly that everyone else in the house heard it (or could hear it).
    Thank you, emsr2d2!

    I wonder, whether there is any difference between two situations:
    1. He asked me not to slam the door when I went to the door long time ago.
    2. He asked me not to slam the door and I'm going to the door rigth now (and might slam it).

    Thank you again.

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    Re: talk or talks; hear or heard; happen or happened

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrodsky View Post
    Thank you, emsr2d2!

    I wonder, whether there is any difference between two situations:
    1. He asked me not to slam the door when I went to the door long time ago.
    2. He asked me not to slam the door and I'm going to the door rigth now (and might slam it).

    Thank you again.
    Sentence 1 doesn't make sense. He asked you a long time ago? You went to the door a long time ago?

    "He asked me ages ago not to slam the door when I leave the room".

    "As I went to the door, he asked me not to slam it."

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    Re: talk or talks; hear or heard; happen or happened

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrodsky View Post
    Thank you, emsr2d2!

    I wonder, whether there is any difference between two situations:
    1. He asked me not to slam the door when I went to the door long time ago.
    2. He asked me not to slam the door and I'm going to the door rigth now (and might slam it).

    Thank you again.
    "He asked me not to slam the door so loudly that everyone else in the house could hear it."

    I think you mean, "Do you use the same sentence structure in these two situations: 1. I went to the door (in the past), 2. I'm going to the door (now)."
    If so, yes, that sentence covers both situations.

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