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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 weeks ago

Which is grammatically correct?

During the commotion he thought he might (be / have been) hearing people call his name.


5 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago
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    This depends on when this thought took place.

    If it was while the commotion was happening, it's "he thought he might be hearing."

    If it was after the commotion it's "he thought he heard."

  • John P
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    I would write it as: "During the commotion he thought he was hearing people calling his name"; or: "...he thought he heard his name being called."

  • 3 weeks ago

    ...... might be. ...... appears correct since the use of " might have been " would imply the action took place either in remote or recent past and it's still going on.

    This is my assumption only.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Past and present tense, you choose.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    They both sound good to me. 

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