"My husband came running when he heard me call out for help."

In the above sentence, should there be 'calling out' or simply 'call out' is fine.

  • Either's fine . – Lawrence Jun 25 '18 at 5:41
  • 1
    There is a subtle difference there. Calling means that he came while you were still requesting assistance. Call implies that the request was complete. – mankowitz Jun 25 '18 at 6:31
  • 'heard me call' 'heard my calling' 'heard my call' : they all work. As commented above 'calling' is ongoing. – Nigel J Jun 25 '18 at 11:33

The phrase "my calling for help" would be better if it was a noun phrase, as it is the object of the verb heard . . . so it would be "My husband came running when he heard my call for help".


Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.