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When I was hearing a lecture last week at my university, I heard 4 times: say for example.
But haven't SAY and FOR EXAMPLE the same meaning? For native speakers of English, would you use such a phrase?
You will hear it a lot but it's tautological. In an ideal world, the lecturer should have chosen either "say" or "for example". However, the following construction is OK - "Let's say, for example, that I have been chosen to go into space". In that case "Let's say" means "Let's pretend" or "Let's imagine".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you for your correction.
So do you think HEAR in this case should not be used in the progressive tense?
***NOT A TEACHER***
Yes, I do.
An English-Zone.Com Chart: Progressive and Non-Progressive Verbs
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
You 'listen to', 'go to', or 'attend' a lecture, unless you're the lecturer (who 'gives it'). But in the context of your original post, I think 'listening to' is a bit excessive [as if you wanted to make it clear that you were actually listening, and not making paper aeroplanes ]. You could just say something like 'I was at a lecture last week, and the lecturer kept saying ...'.