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    Hear - infinitive without to or present participle?

    Hello everyone!

    I had a very important exam at my college and I would appreciate if someone could take a look at the following task and help me.
    We were given a short paragraph and we had to translate it, and it went something like this:

    "A few evenings ago I heard Michael speak/speaking and he was wonderful. If only I had heard him two years ago, it would have spared me much trouble."


    I put speaking instead of speak, is there any chance that it is acceptable in this context? If so, how could one justify this choice?
    Dear folks, I am an ESL student so don't ever hesitate to correct me, even the slightest details!

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    Re: Hear - infinitive without to or present participle?

    Use speak if you mean you heard a talk that Michael gave. Use speaking if you mean that Michael was engaged in talking and you heard some of what he said.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Hear - infinitive without to or present participle?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Use speak if you mean you heard a talk that Michael gave. Use speaking if you mean that Michael was engaged in talking and you heard some of what he said.
    So, are you saying that speak is more probable here in this context, but speaking also works with another interpretation? That's excellent, thanks!
    Dear folks, I am an ESL student so don't ever hesitate to correct me, even the slightest details!

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    Re: Hear - infinitive without to or present participle?

    Yes, exactly.
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