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    #1

    could feel the ground shake/shook

    In the following sentence, 'shake' sounds better than 'shook'. If 'shake' is the answer, I don't understand the reason for it. I'm inclined to choose 'shook' as the answer due to the presence of these words: claimed, could and took.


    - Some villagers claimed that they could feel the ground shake/shook even though the earthquake took place thousands of miles away.

    Thank you for teaching me

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    #2

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    They felt the ground shake. (bare infinitive)

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    #3

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    I think 'They felt the ground shaking (present participle)' is also grammatical, but I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Oceanlike:

    After certain verbs, we must use the infinitive with no "to." Here are a few examples.

    1. They heard him scream.

    2. I saw him run.

    3. They felt the house shake.

    4. We let him talk.


    Source: Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (1940), page 74.

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    #5

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    5. She made him laugh.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    - Some villagers claimed that they could feel the ground shake even though the earthquake took place thousands of miles away.
    You have a modal verb "could". Modal verbs carry the tense function. Note that "feel" doesn't change either.
    "They could feel the ground shake"
    "They can feel the ground shake."
    "They will be able to feel the ground shake."
    "They would feel the ground shake."
    etc.
    "Shaking" is also OK.
    You can say, "They felt that the ground shook." This sentence has two clauses, so the rule about the bare infinitive doesn't apply in the second.
    "They could feel that the ground shook" is not good.

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    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    If 'shake' is the answer, I don't understand the reason for it.
    I think the reason is that 'feel' is a verb of perception, as are 'hear' and 'see' in post#4, but I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Oceanlike:

    After certain verbs, we must use the infinitive with no "to." Here are a few examples.

    1. They heard him scream.

    2. I saw him run.

    3. They felt the house shake.

    4. We let him talk.


    Source: Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (1940), page 74.
    James,
    I checked out the dictionary that the word "shake" was the past tenses, it is not present tenses.
    So, I think we should use shook in your example sentence.
    "3. They felt the house shook."

    If my expression is wrong, please tell the true.

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    #9

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I checked out the dictionary that the word "shake" was the past tenses
    I consider your dictionary wrong, but I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: could feel the ground shake/shook

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    James,
    I checked out the dictionary that the word "shake" was the past tenses, it is not present tenses.
    In which dictionary did you find this incorrect information?

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