Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Mariaeuge14 Guest

    Default Hearing and listening or hear and listen

    Hi:

    When to use hearing or listening?
    I heard what she said. She was listening carefully. Are you listening to me?, Can you hear me?. I really don't know what is the difference between these two words. Thanks

  2. #2
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    It's a little complicated. Listening is a conscious process. I can hear someone without listening to them. On the other hand, "I hear you" is a way for someone to say he understands what is being said.

    :)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hearing and listening or hear and listen

    PAT: Are you listening to me?
    SAM: Yes. I hear you.

    Listening goes out, towards the object you're listening to.
    Listening involves an action on your part. Use -ing.

    Hearing comes in, towards you.
    Hearing does not involve an action on your part. Don't use -ing.

    :D

  4. #4
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    42,749
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    You can occasionally use -ing with 'hear', but the meaning is slightly different:

    I've been hearing a number of rumours about him having an affair with a colleague.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    73
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default to hear or to listen

    I think the difference between to hear and to listen is this.
    To listen to someone you have to give them your attention.
    To hear them you don't.

  6. #6
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    42,749
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I agree.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: to hear or to listen

    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    To listen to someone you have to give them your attention. To hear them you don't.
    Nice. :) It gives a whole new meaning to "hearing" :D

    Maud: Did you hear what I said!?
    Bob: Yup. I'm hearing you.

    :D

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •