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    Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    1) Mother wants to hear Tom speak.

    2) Mother wants to hear Tom spoke.

    Dearteachers, which sentence is correct?Kam shing

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    Number 1 is correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    Dear teachers,

    If I change these sentences to past tense, which sentence is correct?

    1) Mother wanted to hear Tom speak.

    2) Mother wanted to hear Tom spoke.

    Kam shing

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamshing View Post
    Dear teachers,

    If I change these sentences to past tense, which sentence is correct?

    1) Mother wanted to hear Tom speak.

    2) Mother wanted to hear Tom spoke.

    Kam shing
    Only 1) is correct.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    It doesn't matter what verb form/tense you use at the start, the end uses the bare infinitive.

    She wants to hear Tom speak.
    She wanted to hear Tom speak.
    For years, she has wanted to hear Tom speak.
    For years, she had wanted to hear Tom speak.
    She will want to hear Tom speak.
    She would have wanted to hear Tom speak.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamshing View Post
    1) Mother wants to hear Tom speak.

    2) Mother wants to hear Tom spoke.

    Dearteachers, Unnecessary. Just go ahead and ask your question. Which sentence is correct?Kam shing Unnecessary.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kamshing View Post
    Dear teachers, Unnecessary, and members who are not teachers can answer.

    If I change these sentences to the past tense, which sentence is correct?

    1) Mother wanted to hear Tom speak.

    2) Mother wanted to hear Tom spoke.

    Kam shing Unnecessary.

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    She wanted to hear Tom speak.

    In this sentence, why the end uses the bare infinitive?

    Let me explain first, if I am wrong, please correct me.

    Tn this sentence, the original sentence should be:

    She wanted to hear Tom to speak. The word "to" was deleted. 'To speak' is bare infinitive.

    When I asked questions in BBC forum and later in Mustardland forum, all teachers and learners like to answer my questions and explained.

    I still remember Rover was in the above forums.

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    No, "to speak" is the full infinitive (sometimes called the "to-infinitive"); "speak" is the bare infinitive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    She wanted to hear Tom to speak.

    Is this sentence also correct?

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    Re: Mother wants to hear Tom Speak.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamshing View Post
    She wanted to hear Tom speak.

    In this sentence, why is the bare infinitive used at the end​? uses the bare infinitive?

    Let me explain first. If I am wrong, please correct me.

    Tn In this sentence, the original sentence wording should be:

    She wanted to hear Tom to speak. The word "to" was deleted. 'To speak' is the bare infinitive.

    When I asked this questions questionin the BBC forum and later in the Mustardland forum, all the teachers and learners like chose to answer my questions question and they explained their answers.

    I still remember that Rover was in the above forums.
    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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