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    I thought you say

    Hi guys,

    Like how we say "I heard you say or I saw you do this". Do we need to say "I thought you say" or "said"?

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    Re: I thought you say

    No, I thought you [past].
    I thought you said...
    I thought you did..
    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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    #3

    Re: I thought you say

    Please also explain why we don't say "I thought you said" but not "I heard you said"?

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    Re: I thought you say

    You can in certain contexts.

    I heard you say (= I was present when you said it and heard it)
    I heard you said (= Someone informed me that you said this)

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    #5

    Re: I thought you say

    That reminds me of a song: http://www.metrolyrics.com/dont-look...ics-oasis.html

    "But don't look back in anger", I heard you say.


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    #6

    Re: I thought you say

    'See' and 'hear' are verbs of perception, so the infinitive is used after the object.

    Not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: I thought you say

    So it is applicable to hear and see only

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