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  1. faisaljan's Avatar
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    #1

    to open and closing OR opening and closing

    kindly answer which one is correct

    1. I heard a car door to open and closing.
    2. I heard a car door opening and closing.

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    #2

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    I'm not a teacher!

    Of these two, only the second one makes any sense.
    But how about: "I heard a car door open and close"?
    Peter
    (I'm not a teacher or a native English speaker. I'm just trying to help...)

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    #3

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    If you heard it only once, use Peter's suggestion: I heard it open and close.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    If you say "I heard a car door opening and closing", it suggests that you heard it happen multiple times.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    How about "I heard a car door to open and to close." is it also grammatically correct or incorrect. Thanks all of you for your helpful efforts, I just want to be confident as next time I will be able to answer without confusion.

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    #6

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    Quote Originally Posted by faisaljan View Post
    How about "I heard a car door to open and to close." Is it also grammatically correct or incorrect?
    It's incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    Hello.

    "A/The car door was heard to open and close. (the "passive voice")" is grammatically correct.

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    #8

    Re: to open and closing OR opening and closing

    Correct, but awkward. Who heard it? Not necessarily the speaker. Perhaps someone whose identity the speaker is concealing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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