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"I felt being hit suddenly by somebody on the arm." OK?
"I felt being suddenly hit by somebody on the arm." OK?
Last edited by ostap77; 07-Sep-2011 at 14:03.
(1) I am NOT answering your question about the placement of "suddenly." I shall leave that to our great teachers (and non-teachers).
(2) I just wanted to gently point out that (IMHO) there is a big difference between:
(a) I felt that somebody hit me.
(b) I felt somebody hit me.
(3) In (a) the verb means something like "think":
I was not sure, but I felt (thought) that somebody hit me when I was getting off the bus.
(4) In (b) the verb actually means your body felt a physical connection.
(i) I actually felt something physical. What? Somebody definitely hit my body.
(ii) I + felt + somebody [to] hit me. (The infinitive phrase "somebody [to] hit me"
is the object of "felt." We do NOT say or write the "to" in such sentences.)
(iii) In sentence (a), the grammar is quite different:
I + felt (thought/believed) + that (conjunction) + somebody hit me (noun clause). [ "hit" is the past of "hit.']
Usually, you do not need "that" to introduce a noun clause, but in your very
interesting sentence, you need it to show the difference in meaning between
sentence (a) and sentence (b).
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) You are an excellent student, for you keep asking until you get a satisfactory answer.
(2) When I woke up this morning (it's now around 2 a.m. here in California), I ran to my computer to read the teachers' answers. Alas! Nothing!
(3) We non-teachers are warned not to offer answers unless we are pretty sure that we are correct. Since I am not pretty sure, I cannot say anything.
Last edited by TheParser; 08-Sep-2011 at 10:58.
"I suddenly felt somebody hit me on the arm." "It felt like somebody had suddenly hit me on the arm." "Suddenly, I felt a sensation like somebody hitting me on the arm."
These are all possible constructions, there are others, it depends what exactly you want to convey.
As to the position of 'suddenly', I don't believe it matters (though, as Bhai said, both your sentences are wrong). And I don't think 'suddenly' collocates happily with 'hit'. If you 'suddenly felt yourself being hit on the arm', that would make sense; or you might 'become aware of being hit on the arm' (note that there's no need for 'yourself' here). You could also 'feel your arm being hit' or 'become aware of your arm being hit.'