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    Question Hear OF vs hear ABOUT difference

    dear Teachers, could you explain to me the difference between hear about/of. Do these prepositions really make sense when used? I mean there are many of them that I'm confused about (for ex. care of-care about)

    Many thanks,
    Veronika

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    Default Re: Hear OF vs hear ABOUT difference

    Try a dictionary Generally, when you hear about something you find out the details; when you hear of something you learn that it exists.

    Examples:

    'Have you heard about Julie and John?'
    'I knew they were an item now. But tell me all about it.'


    But:

    'Have you heard of the Beast of Bodmin?'
    'No, I've never heard of it.'


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    Default Re: Hear OF vs hear ABOUT difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Monopium View Post
    dear Teachers, could you explain to me the difference between hear about/of. Do these prepositions really make sense when used? I mean there are many of them that I'm confused about (for ex. care of-care about)

    Many thanks,
    Veronika

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The moderator has given us some excellent examples.


    (2) Here is an interesting example that you may like to know:

    A friend, who lives in another city, comes to visit you for a week.

    You meet her at the airport. You drive her to your home where

    she has dinner with you and your family.

    Your friend: It's been wonderful seeing all of you. I think that

    I had better leave now in order to find a hotel for the week.

    Your husband: We wouldn't hear of it. We insist that you stay

    here. Our oldest son has just left for college, so you can stay in

    his bedroom. (We wouldn't hear of it. = We refuse to agree to

    your staying in a hotel.)

    *****


    And two examples to illustrate the moderator's excellent

    definitions:

    George: I come from a very, very little country called ____. It's

    located on the continent of _____. Only 5,000,000 people live there.

    Have you ever heard of it?

    Martha: I certainly have heard of it ( = recognize the name). And I have heard

    about it, too!!!

    George: What do you mean?

    Martha: I have heard that the women in your country go to work, and

    it's the men who stay home and take care of the children!!!


    Respectfully yours,


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 16-May-2011 at 14:53.

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    Default Re: Hear OF vs hear ABOUT difference

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The moderator has given us some excellent examples.


    (2) Here is an interesting example that you may like to know:

    A friend, who lives in another city, comes to visit you for a week.

    You meet her at the airport. You drive her to your home where

    she has dinner with you and your family.

    Your friend: It's been wonderful seeing all of you. I think that

    I had better leave now in order to find a hotel for the week.

    Your husband: We wouldn't hear of it. We insist that you stay

    here. Our oldest son has just left for college, so you can stay in

    his bedroom. (We wouldn't hear of it. = We refuse to agree to

    your staying in a hotel.)

    *****


    And two examples to illustrate the moderator's excellent

    definitions:

    George: I come from a very, very little country called ____. It's

    located on the continent of _____. Only 5,000,000 people live there.

    Have you ever heard of it?

    Martha: I certainly have heard of it ( = recognize the name). And I have heard

    about it, too!!!

    George: What do you mean?

    Martha: I have heard that the women in your country go to work, and

    it's the men who stay home and take care of the children!!!


    Respectfully yours,


    James
    Thanks, James! itīs always helpful to get to the rules through some good examples))

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    Default Re: Hear OF vs hear ABOUT difference

    In addition I would say that there is the unit in Murphy's book dedicated to this topic. It also gives us some 'easy-to-understand' examples.

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