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    I often hear him sing.

    --Do you often hear Tom ___ in his room?
    --Yes. Now you can hear him ____ in his room.
    A. sing; singing
    B. sing; sing
    C. singing; sing
    D. singing; singing

    The answer key is A. I think D is also OK. In some reference books, they say you should say ‘I often hear him sing’ because there is a ‘often’ in the sentence. I wonder if that is true.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by touchstone; 09-Dec-2016 at 08:42.

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    #2

    Re: I often hear him sing.

    I agree with you that D is also OK.
    (Not a native speaker of English)

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    Re: I often hear him sing.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    The answer key is A. I think D is also OK.
    It is.
    In some reference books, they say you should say ‘I often hear him sing’ because there is a ‘often’ in the sentence. I wonder if that is true.
    It is not.

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    Re: I often hear him sing.

    I think it has nothing to do with 'often' but has to do with 'hear' being a verb of perception.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I often hear him sing.

    Thanks for your replies, friends.
    A reference book says if you hear intentionally or on purpose,
    I often hear somebody do something is spoken more than I often hear somebody doing something. I wonder if that is true.
    Thanks again.

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    The book is named A Dictionary of English Usage by Ge Chuangui, Shanghai Translation Press.)

    Last edited by touchstone; 10-Dec-2016 at 00:23.

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    Re: I often hear him sing.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post

    A reference book says if you hear intentionally or on purpose,
    You cannot hear something intentionally/on purpose.If you hear something,you become aware of it aurally whether you want to or not.

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    Re: I often hear him sing.

    If you purposefully attend to a sound, it's called listening, not hearing.

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    Re: I often hear him sing.

    Thanks very much for your patience and replies, Piscean and Raymott.
    I think I mistranslated what the author said. Now I think the author want to say I often listen to somebody do something is spoken more than I often listen to somebody doing something if you do it intentionally or on purpose. Is that true?
    Thanks again.

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    #9

    Re: I often hear him sing.

    I don't think that's true.

    I often listen to my cousin play the guitar.
    I often listen to my cousin playing the guitar.

    I'd use them equally.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: I often hear him sing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you purposefully attend to a sound, it's called listening, not hearing.
    I found the following definition at http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/hear

    hear
    2 LISTEN TO SOMEBODY/SOMETHING [transitive] to listen to what someone is saying, the music they are playing etc
    I am not a teacher.

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