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    Exclamation hear vs can hear

    Hello there.

    Does this sentence sound natural?

    I hear a strange noise downstairs.

    Or "can hear" sounds better?

    Please help me.
    Last edited by gchman; 26-Oct-2009 at 16:55.

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    Re: hear vs can hear

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Does this sentence sound natural?

    I hear a strange noise downstairs.

    Or does "can hear" sounds better?

    Please help me.
    'I hear a strange noise downstairs' is rather old-fashioned; the words 'I hear' are commonly used to report a rumour or piece of news: 'I hear John and Mary are getting married'.

    You can also use 'I hear' to report a frequent occurrence: 'Every night at 03.33 I hear the same noise'.

    Also, many people say 'I hear you', meaning 'I understand what you're saying, but I disagree.'

    But in cases of plain perception, use 'I can hear'.

    b

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