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    Can't you hear me screaming

    Hello,

    There is a song from Epica which I cannot recall its name, unfortunately. In this song it is said:

    Can't you hear me screaming?
    I wonder whether it is not correct to say "can't you hear my screaming".

    Regards.

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    Re: Can't you hear me screaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Hello,

    There is a song by Epica. I cannot recall its name, unfortunately. In this song it says:

    -----

    I wonder whether it's correct to say "Can't you hear my screaming".

    Regards.
    Both are correct and mean the same thing.

    It's a difference of "Can't you hear me doing something?" versus "Can't you hear something that is mine?"
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Can't you hear me screaming

    The song is called "Never Enough". It's actually the first line of the song.

    It might repeated later on a chorus, but 30 seconds was all I could handle.
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    Re: Can't you hear me screaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    I wonder whether it is not correct to say "can't you hear my screaming".
    Traditional grammars argued for your form, so it is perfectly correct, but the majority of native speakers ignore this advice and use the same form as the song.

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