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    know / hear of

    I see one of my friends on the street and want to ask him / her about another old mutual friend. Which question can I ask?
    1. Do you know of (the name)?
    2. Do you hear of (the name)?
    If there is a better question that I can ask, please tell me.

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    Re: know / hear of

    'Have you heard anything of/from Fred?"

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    Re: know / hear of

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Have you heard anything of/from Fred?"
    I didn't know that 'Have you heard anything of Fred?' was possible.

    Do they have the same meaning in this particular context?

    Many thanks

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    Re: know / hear of

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I didn't know that 'Have you heard anything of Fred?' was possible.

    Do they have the same meaning in this particular context?

    Many thanks

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    Yes, they mean the same thing. As does "Have you heard anything about Fred?"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: know / hear of

    Also, if you don't know whether they know him at all, you could ask 'Do you know Fred?'

    'Have you heard of <person> applies to notable people: 'Have you heard of Galvani, whose discoveries in the world of electricity have given us the word "galvanize"?'

    Alongside this usage, confusingly, you can ask 'Do you ever hear anything of Fred?' (to which the answer might be something like 'No, our paths rarely cross nowadays.')

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    Re: know / hear of

    Referring back to my reply in post #4, I have realised that my answer was incorrect.

    Have you heard anything of Fred? = Have you heard anything about Fred (probably from someone else)?
    Have you heard anything from Fred? = Has Fred contacted you?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: know / hear of

    Oh,

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: know / hear of

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Referring back to my reply in post #4, I have realised that my answer was incorrect.

    Have you heard anything of Fred? = Have you heard anything about Fred (probably from someone else)?
    Have you heard anything from Fred? = Has Fred contacted you?
    So my kneejerk "" was wrong too. (Blame my implicit faith in emsr2d2 )

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