I've learned that we use a bare infinitive or present participle after see, hear, watch. What happens when the object after these verbs are in a passive situation?

For example, is it "I've heard the story told many times", or "I've heard the story being told many times"?

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    "I've heard the story (having been) told many times" -- with the (having been) elided. – Kris Apr 19 '15 at 7:06
  • ...Yes, it was a short story. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 19 '15 at 7:14
  • Either version is fine, though the second is arguably a bit redundant. – Hot Licks Jul 24 '15 at 12:22

Compare the following:

heard it move (I heard a sound that told me that it had moved)

heard it moving (I heard it while it was moving)

heard it moved (I heard a sound that told me that it had been moved)

heard it being moved (I heard it while it was being moved)

"heard it told" and "heard it being told" correspond to the third and fourth case above.

I wouldn't say that "heard it moved" is "heard it [having been] moved", since I have never heard it used that way and native speakers (who are not linguists) will probably never associate it like this. (certainly not "heard it having been used"!)

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