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    #1

    practice or practicing

    1 I often hear the little girl practice the piano in the next room.
    2 I often hear the little girl practicing the piano in the next room.


    Teachers, could you please tell me which one is correct? Thank you!
    Last edited by teechar; 17-Jan-2017 at 11:41. Reason: Removed space before exclamation mark

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    #2

    Re: practice or practicing

    Both are possible.

    (We spell the verb practise/practising in BrE.)

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    #3

    Re: practice or practicing

    Practice and practicing​ are, however, correct in American English.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: practice or practicing

    The second implies to me that you don't hear her the whole time.

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