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    #1

    I heard him hit the wall./I heard him hitting the wall.

    I'm sorry for asking about the usage of verbs of perception again.

    1. I heard him hit the wall.
    2. I heard him hitting the wall.
    (I'm using "hit the wall" in its literal sense, not an idiom.)

    I learned/understand they convey the same message.

    Am I correct in saying that #1 focuses on the fact that he hit the wall and #2 on his repeated action?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I heard him hit the wall./I heard him hitting the wall.

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: I heard him hit the wall./I heard him hitting the wall.

    Thank you, Piscean.

    I think it was you who kindly gave me these example sentences a few months ago:

    1. I saw him run the 100 metres.
    2. I saw him running the marathon.
    (I use them to show the differences to my students in class. I also shared these sentences with my colleagues. Thank you.)

    Let's say the marathon took two hours and a half, and I watched the live broadcast from the beginning till the end.
    Is it possible to say "I saw/watched him run the marathon on TV"?

    Thank you.

    (Edit) I'd like to say thank you to Eckaslike, Raymott and other members too. You helped me a lot back then.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 21-Sep-2015 at 14:43.

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    #4

    Re: I heard him hit the wall./I heard him hitting the wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    1. I saw him run the 100 metres.
    2. I saw him running the marathon.
    (I use them to show the differences to my students in class. I also shared these sentences with my colleagues. Thank you.)

    Let's say the marathon took two hours and a half, and I watched the live broadcast from the beginning till the end.
    Is it possible to say "I saw/watched him run the marathon on TV"?
    It's possible.

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    #5

    Re: I heard him hit the wall./I heard him hitting the wall.

    1. I heard the car hit the fence. It was a horrible noise.
    2. I heard the car spinning around. I also heard some people crying.

    Are these good example sentences?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 22-Sep-2015 at 12:03.

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    #6

    Re: I heard him hit the wall./I heard him hitting the wall.

    They work.

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