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    hear good/well

    Is there a difference if I say : I hear good or I hear well ?

    I know that 'hear' is a linking verb and therefore I should use it with an adjective, but if I use it with an adverb will it still be correct?
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    Re: hear good/well

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Is there a difference if I say : I hear good or I hear well ?

    I know that 'hear' is a linking verb and therefore I should use it with an adjective, but if I use it with an adverb will it still be correct?
    "I hear well" is fine.
    "I hear good things about it" is fine.
    "I hear music" is fine.
    etcetera.

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    Re: hear good/well

    'Sound' can be a linking verb: "It sounds good".

    'Hear' is a normal transitive verb: "I heard the child crying."

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    Re: hear good/well

    But is it correct to say I can hear good instead of I can hear well?

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    Re: hear good/well

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    But is it correct to say I can hear good instead of I can hear well?
    Not in BrE.

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    Re: hear good/well

    Is there a difference in meaning between I hear good/well?

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    Re: hear good/well

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Is there a difference in meaning between I hear good/well?
    Yes. 'I hear good' is not correct in BrE, as bhaisahab told you.

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    Re: hear good/well

    People do say "good" when they mean "well" in common use. But, strictly speaking "good" is an adjective and "well" is an adverb.

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