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P3 Grammer 10 years 2 weeks ago #1

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Question :

We certainly heard someone break something.

In this sentence, why is it break in present tense?


And

James was an athlete when he was a student.

In this sentence, why isn't was in present tense.


Thanks
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Re:P3 Grammer 10 years 2 weeks ago #2

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1)We certainly heard someone break something.

2)James was an athlete when he was a student.

If you cannot understand 1), use an example.

Eg. I saw him eat.

I saw him ate. X
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Re:P3 Grammer 10 years 2 weeks ago #3

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1)We certainly heard someone break something.

In this sentence, why is it break in present tense?

Heard is past tense so we cant put another past tense near by........so it present tense Break
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Re:P3 Grammer 10 years 2 weeks ago #4

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Yes. Thank you for your help.
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Re:P3 Grammer 10 years 2 weeks ago #5

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Hi Men,

I think i know why you may be confused. if you break the sentense up you get

We certainly heard someone break something
We certainly heard it. Someone broke something.
Is this you problem?
Action : Hear and Break

Look at the split sentence and the joined one . you are replacing "it". What is "it" = someone breaking something

So together => We certainly heard someone breaking something
or
We certainly heard someone break something
...................................

Dawn eg. I saw him eat.
I saw him.He was eating
or
I saw it. He was eating

Together => I saw him eat or I saw him eating

Hope this helps
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Re:P3 Grammer 10 years 2 weeks ago #6

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Thanks.
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