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  1. Mariaeuge14
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    Hearing and listening or hear and listen

    Hi:

    When to use hearing or listening?
    I heard what she said. She was listening carefully. Are you listening to me?, Can you hear me?. I really don't know what is the difference between these two words. Thanks

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    It's a little complicated. Listening is a conscious process. I can hear someone without listening to them. On the other hand, "I hear you" is a way for someone to say he understands what is being said.

    :)

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    Re: Hearing and listening or hear and listen

    PAT: Are you listening to me?
    SAM: Yes. I hear you.

    Listening goes out, towards the object you're listening to.
    Listening involves an action on your part. Use -ing.

    Hearing comes in, towards you.
    Hearing does not involve an action on your part. Don't use -ing.

    :D

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    You can occasionally use -ing with 'hear', but the meaning is slightly different:

    I've been hearing a number of rumours about him having an affair with a colleague.

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    to hear or to listen

    I think the difference between to hear and to listen is this.
    To listen to someone you have to give them your attention.
    To hear them you don't.

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    #6
    I agree.

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    Re: to hear or to listen

    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    To listen to someone you have to give them your attention. To hear them you don't.
    Nice. :) It gives a whole new meaning to "hearing" :D

    Maud: Did you hear what I said!?
    Bob: Yup. I'm hearing you.

    :D

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