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    I could hear my heart broke into many pieces

    I am unsure if I should use break or broke in the following sentence. I know that after 'could', the next verb must be in base form, therefore 'hear'.

    I could hear my heart break into many pieces.

    Somehow, 'break' sounds better than broke. If 'break' is correct, why is it correct since it's a past action?

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    Re: I could hear my heart broke into many pieces

    Because 'hear' is a verb of perception, after which the bare infinitive should be used.
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