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    Default hear / listen

    Chris always _____ the news on the radio. (A) listens to (B) looks at (C) watches (D) hears
    The answer is option A. Why is option D incorrect?

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    Default Re: hear / listen

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Chris always _____ the news on the radio. (A) listens to (B) looks at (C) watches (D) hears
    The answer is option A. Why is option D incorrect?
    We listen to the radio, music etc.
    To listen is active, it's something we do on purpose. We can hear without listening, without intention, it's passive. So while it's possible for Chris to hear the radio without wanting to, the sentence is not intended to mean that.

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    Default Re: hear / listen

    Listening involves attention. A case could be made for D in a specific context: 'When he has breakfast with his parents, Tim always hears the news in the background. But he doesn't take any of it in.' But, given the sentence quoted, A is the only right answer.

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    Smile Re: hear / listen

    Listen is an action that we do purposely.But the action "hearing" is some thing that we don't do purposely. It's some thing that happens very naturally. So we listen to the news except of just hearing. Because it's some thing that we do purposely.

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