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    16 sentences with "ear"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the following sentences?

    1. The dog pricked up his ears.
    2. We are all ears.
    3. All you say to him goes in one ear and out at the other.
    4. He turned a deaf ear to all our protest.
    5. I shouldn’t like it to reach his ears.
    6. His words are ringing in my ears.
    7. We couldn’t say anything until they were out of ear-shot.
    8. His ears must have been burning last night. Everybody was talking about him.
    9. She pierced her ears.
    10. I have an ear for music.
    11. I like to play music by ear.
    12. I lent an ear to that shady affair.
    13. I have Obama’s ear.
    14. The loud music grated on our ears.
    15. The dog heard its name and perked up its ears
    16. I perked up my ears when I heard his name mentioned.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 04-Jun-2009 at 07:17.

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    Re: 16 sentences with "ear"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    3. All you say to him goes in at one ear and out at the other.

    12. I lent an ear to that shady affair.
    i haven't heard this idiom (no pun intended). Maybe someone else has.
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    Re: 16 sentences with "ear"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
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    Yes. I heard that before: "to lend an ear (to)" or "to listen". (In French: "prÍter l'oreille")

    lending an ear - definition of lending an ear by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.


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    15. The dog heard its name and perked up its ears.

    Do you use "his" or "her" rather than "its"?
    Do you add "called" or another word in front of the "and"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hortence View Post
    Yes. I heard that before: "to lend an ear (to)" or "to listen". (In French: "prÍter l'oreille")

    lending an ear - definition of lending an ear by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    That's right, but it doesn't sound right with "that shady affair".
    I listened to that shady affair. Odd, since an affair is usually something that goes on over a period of time. I thought Vil might have had another meaning in mind.
    I lent an ear to her account of her troubles. OK.

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    Re: 16 sentences with "ear"

    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Here are a few words concerning the usage of the phrase “lent an ear to that shady affair”

    On the one hand I know the following verse of the Smokie Norfil’s “Healing in His Tears”:

    Jesus cries for my pain
    Removed agony and strain
    Lent his ear to my fear
    There is healing in his tears
    There is healing in his tears.

    On the other hand every man should know that “affair” (n) = “romantic liaison”

    Thereare many different kinds of affair: a casual affair, a clandestine affair, a secret affair, a illicit affair, a love affair, a tempestuous affair.

    I know furthermore that “shady” = “quiet, dark, or concealed; hidden.”

    There are also many other synonyms of the adjective “shady”: cool, dark, dim, leafy, shaded, shadow, crooked, dishonest, disreputable, dubious, fishy, questionable, slippery, suspect, suspicious, underhand, unethical, unscrupulous, untrustworthy. You may make free use of them.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 06-Jun-2009 at 07:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    There are many different kinds of affair: a casual affair, a clandestine affair, a secret affair, a illicit affair, a love affair, a tempestuous affair.
    That's what I mean. What does it mean to say that you listen to a love affair?
    Also, affair can refer to other things, such as a shady business affair, a shady political affair.
    I wouldn't object to "I lent an ear to her account of the shady affair", which is what Mr. Lockwood does with Nelly Dean in Wuthering Heights, for example.
    Poetry is not good for taking examples of normal usage, since the whole idea of poetry is to create new ways of expressing things to make the reader see things in a different light. So, almost by definition, poetic language is unusual. Wouldn't you agree?


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    Re: 16 sentences with "ear"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    15. The dog heard its name and perked up its ears.

    Do you use "his" or "her" rather than "its"?
    Learning English - Ask about English - 'He'/'she' with animals

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    Re: 16 sentences with "ear"

    Dear Raymott,

    I think there are many pros and cons concerning the usage of the phrase in question. You made a convincing case in favor of your original statement.

    My knock-down argument is my interpretation of the phrase “to lend one’s ear” namely “to give attention” . Do you see the tangible difference between the well-known “ to listen” and my “ to give attention”?

    I beg yours pardon for my dogged persistence but being a language-nuts I had to get this straighten out on the spot so I made clear my position.

    Thank you again for your patience with so wearisome people as me.

    Regards,

    V


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    15. The dog heard its name and perked up its ears.

    Do you add "called" or another word in front of the "and"?

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