The sentence below is from my English exercise book:

Fill in each blank with the correct form of the word in the bracket.

She said she heard two gunshots with a woman ___ (scream) in between.

If I write "screaming", it means the woman was screaming continuously but she might not hear the rest. If I write "scream", it means the woman screamed just once.

Do I understand that correctly?

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    Yes, you are correct in both cases. – NibblyPig Jul 25 '16 at 10:13

You cannot use 'scream' in this case. It should be 'a woman's scream' for it to be correct.

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    While this answer is correct, the use of screaming would also be correct. – Chenmunka Dec 16 '16 at 12:12
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    Please edit to include an explanation of why this is correct; answers without explanation do not teach the patterns of the language well. See the Submitting Answers that merely answer the question discussion on meta. – ColleenV Dec 16 '16 at 13:53

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