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Singing bird (was: does my lang cover everything?)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Sunday, April 30, 2006, 17:25
>Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote:
>Ages ago, I learned in school that it would rather have to be 'I heard >the bird sing' instead. The rule was that after verbs of perception, >the infinitive is used instead of the gerund. However, I often see >this rule violated by L1 speakers. How do you judge the correctness?
In all my 60+ years speaking English as L1 and in all my academic experience leading to a B.A. in English, I never came across that rule. I'm not saying it doesn't exist, just that I never heard of it. I see (feel?) a differnce in the two phrases. Unfortunately, I can't put my finger (ear?) on it at the moment. BTW, does "I heard the bird singing" mean the same thing as "I heard the singing bird"? Charlie


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