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    The child was heard singing / to be singing an English song

    We can use either of the sentences, can't we? Do they need different context to use?

    The child was heard singing an English song.
    The child was heard to be singing an English song.

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    Re: The child was heard singing / to be singing an English song

    Both are sufficiently common to be considered correct standard English. But the second one somehow troubles me slightly. Is is Irish dialect, or perhaps Indian dialect? Is is used in some special context? Is it perhaps an older usage? I don't know. All I know is that the I would use the first knowing it to be rock solid, and harbouring a vague doubt about the appropriate context in which to use the second.

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    Re: The child was heard singing / to be singing an English song

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Both are sufficiently common to be considered correct standard English. But the second one somehow troubles me slightly. Is is Irish dialect, or perhaps Indian dialect? Is is used in some special context? Is it perhaps an older usage? I don't know. All I know is that the I would use the first knowing it to be rock solid, and harbouring a vague doubt about the appropriate context in which to use the second.
    Is it also correct to write
    "I heard the child singing",
    "I have heard the child singing"
    "I heard people saying..."
    " I have heard people saying..."

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    Re: The child was heard singing / to be singing an English song

    Please do not hijack threads by asking about the structure of the question or something unrelated to the original poster's question. Start a new thread, please.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Feb-2014 at 19:45.

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