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    #1

    the better to hear.

    What is the usage of "the better" here? I don't know what it means.

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    ex) Over the sky a plump black cloud moved, erasing the stars. At that moment, Liz heard a stealthy step far to her
    left and immediately froze. She slowly released her knees and straightened her head, the better to hear. The movement
    stopped, and after a long moment began again.

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    #2

    Re: the better to hear.

    Hi keannu,

    It means "in order to hear better". I'm not sure about the why, though.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: the better to hear.

    I have never seen this, though.

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    #4

    Re: the better to hear.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I have never seen this, though.
    It just goes to show that you are learning new things all the time.

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    #5

    Re: the better to hear.


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    #6

    Re: the better to hear.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I have never seen this, though.
    It's not that common, but it is used.

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