A question about English grammar?

I'm studying English. 

I have a question about English.

What is the difference between the following sentences? 

1. They all heard Kate shout for help. 

2. They all heard Kate shouting for help. 

Thanks in advance. 

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  • 1 month ago
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    the first implies a singular shout, the second implies shes been shouting for a while

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Not much difference, and it might depend on context.

    My notion is that the first form is a brief shout, whereas the second is a longer period of shouting.

    Possibly, after the first shout, several people rushed to help, but in the second case they were powerless to help, maybe she was in the water, some way from shore, and there was no boat they could use to get to her.

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