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    #1

    I hear=I heard

    "I hear of him being sent to the South."

    Can we use a present simple to mean a past action? I hear instead of I heard?

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    Re: I hear=I heard

    If the talk/gossip about this is on-going and from multiple sources, you can say "I hear of."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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