Infinitive usage after the phrase "becoming more common"


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English- USA
"Nowadays, it is becoming more common hearing about foreigners learning English."

Is "hearing" fine in this sentence? Or does it need to be the infinitive "to hear"?

I need a grammatical rule explaining why it is one or the other.
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    The noun-like fom 'hearing' interacts with the preceding adjective 'common' and produces a bizarre, out-of-place phrase 'common hearing'. Again, not grammar rule, but I agree with TT, most definitely. :)
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