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    #1

    I heard the birds twitter vs I heard the birds twittering

    What is the difference between the sentences in question?

    I know that one of them puts more stress on the continuity of the action, but in this case both seem to mean the same thing.
    Last edited by ChessEnthusiast; 01-Feb-2017 at 16:12. Reason: Adding more information

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    #2

    Re: I heard the birds twitter vs I heard the birds twittering

    The second can stand on its own. The first would need more words to be natural; something like I heard the birds twitter as the sun peeked through the clouds.
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