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  1. Confused guy!
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    Smile Confusion

    Hi. I need help. I'd be very grateful if someone, or anyone, could explain and help me with my problem.

    I did a question and I can't understand the difference between this two sentences:

    a) Fortunately, my friend heard his cries and came to help
    b) Fortunately, my friend heard his crying and came to help

    I believe A is the answer, but some say B. I'm confused since in my mind, sentences such as 'permit my calling you so' is right. I'm thinking that maybe both A and B are right since B might be using gerunds. But then again, I'm a confused person, so I don't know which is right.

    Below, i present sample sentences that has me confused:

    c) I canít stand his singing in the shower.
    d) I canít stand him singing in the shower.

    (sentences taken from Gerunds and Infinitives: Their Noun Roles)

    e) My swimming did not interest him. (gerunds)
    f) John shows his singing talent. (adjective?)
    g) Fortunately, our neighbor heard his singing.
    h) Fortunately, our neighbor heard him singing. (infinitive verb)

    Compare (i) with (f), in which (f) is definitely correct whilst with (i) i'm not sure.

    i) Fortunately, our neighbor heard my singing (and introduced me to an agent).
    f) Fortunately, our neighbor heard my voice (and introduced me to an agent).

    Thank you.


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    Re: Confusion

    a) Fortunately, my friend heard his cries and came to help
    Your friend heard him cry, "Help! Help!" = Fortunately, my friend heard his cries for help and came to help.

    b) Fortunately, my friend heard his crying and came to help.
    Your friend heard him sobbing, with tears rolling down his cheeks.

    Referring to them, (a) and (b), you then write:
    I believe A is the answer, but some say B. I'm confused since in my mind, sentences such as 'permit my calling you so' is right. I'm thinking that maybe both A and B are right since B might be using gerunds. But then again, I'm a confused person, so I don't know which is right.

    These two sentences are different because there is a difference between 'cries' =noun with verb 'to cry out' ; and 'cries' verb meaning 'sob, weep' with noun 'crying'.
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    Last edited by David L.; 27-Jul-2008 at 19:18.

  2. ladybird987's Avatar

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    Re: Confusion

    You linked it:
    <Do we say "I can't stand him singing in the shower," or do we say "I can't stand his singing in the shower"? Well, you have to decide what you find objectionable: is it him, the fact that he is singing in the shower, or is it the singing that is being done by him that you can't stand? >

    It is a matter of meaning.
    Let's say you have some other sentences:

    I like him singing. - meaning I like when he is singing - e.g. because he is a naughtty child and when he is singing I can rest

    I like his singing. - meaning I like his voice, his interpretation, the music he is producing

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