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    #1

    don't/can't

    Hi

    I don't hear you/I can't hear you.

    Are both OK? Is one better than the other?

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    Re: don't/can't

    'I can't hear you' is the natural, normal one.

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    Re: don't/can't

    Isn't "I don't hear you" an AmE version?

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    #4

    Re: don't/can't

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I don't hear you/I can't hear you.

    Are both OK? Is one better than the other? This is a good question, and I personally think that one is better than the other.
    Guest2008: Fill in the blank with either can't or don't:

    I ______ hear you because I'm deaf.

    John

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    Re: don't/can't

    I can't hear you beacuse I'm deaf (that's what I would say). Actually I was just curious whether both forms are correct.

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    #6

    Re: don't/can't

    It would require a specific set of circumstances for "I don't hear you" to work. As said above, "I can't hear you" is the normal form.
    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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    Re: don't/can't

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It would require a specific set of circumstances for "I don't hear you" to work.
    Can you imagine any such circumstances?

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    Re: don't/can't

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    I can't hear you beacuse I'm deaf (that's what I would say). Actually I was just curious whether both forms are correct.
    You're absolutely correct and for the reasons 5jj and Barb_D have given.

    John

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    #9

    Re: don't/can't

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Can you imagine any such circumstances?
    A: I was in the pub last night. It was full of Poles, Not an English person there. They should stay in their own country.
    B: I don't hear you complaining about Poles when you need a plumber.

    Since Poland became a member of the EU, Polish plumbers working in England have acquired a much better reputation for reliability than their British counterparts.

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    Re: don't/can't

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    A: I was in the pub last night. It was full of Poles, Not an English person there. They should stay in their own country.
    B: I don't hear you complaining about Poles when you need a plumber.

    Since Poland became a member of the EU, Polish plumbers working in England have acquired a much better reputation for reliability than their British counterparts.
    Now it's perfectly clear. Thanks.

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