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    Alice Chu is offline Member
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    I listened to Tom tell a funny joke.

    Hello.
    Could you please tell me if the pattern below is correct?

    1. listen to + object + bare infinitive (indicating a whole action)
    1) I listened to Tom tell a funny joke.

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    GoesStation is online now Moderator
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    Re: I listened to Tom tell a funny joke.

    No. Tom was telling the joke.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: I listened to Tom tell a funny joke.

    I may be out on a limb here, but I honestly think that tell and telling work here, and to get the sense of completeness, I would use the bare infinitive.

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