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    hear the minutes

    Macmillan Dictionary says that minutes is "an official written record of what is discussed or decided at a formal meeting", which I understand.
    However, it has this example: Shall we hear the minutes of the last meeting?

    For a non-native speaker, it sounds strange to "hear" a "written" record. (Don't you "read" it instead of "hear" it?) Does it mean "to hear someone reading the minutes"?

    I mean, it would be more reasonable to say "Shall we hear what the minutes of the last meeting says?" or "Shall we read/check/review the minutes of the last meeting?"

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    Re: hear the minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Macmillan Dictionary says that minutes is "an official written record of what is discussed or decided at a formal meeting", which I understand.
    However, it has this example: Shall we hear the minutes of the last meeting?

    For a non-native speaker, it sounds strange to "hear" a "written" record. (Don't you "read" it instead of "hear" it?) Does it mean "to hear someone reading the minutes"? Yes

    I mean, it would be more reasonable to say "Shall we hear what the minutes of the last meeting says?" (No) or "Shall we read/check/review the minutes of the last meeting?" Do you mean that all of us should read the minutes?

    minute - definition of minute by Macmillan Dictionary
    That is the normal way to express the meaning.

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    Re: hear the minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Macmillan Dictionary says that minutes is "an official written record of what is discussed or decided at a formal meeting", which I understand.
    However, it has this example: Shall we hear the minutes of the last meeting?

    For a non-native speaker, it sounds strange to "hear" a "written" record. (Don't you "read" it instead of "hear" it?) Does it mean "to hear someone reading the minutes"?

    I mean, it would be more reasonable to say "Shall we hear what the minutes of the last meeting says?" or "Shall we read/check/review the minutes of the last meeting?"

    minute - definition of minute by Macmillan Dictionary
    It is not unheard of for the secretary to actually read the minutes (out loud) of the last meaning at the current meeting and then ask for a motion to approve them. In most cases, the minutes will have been distributed prior to the meeting and the group will agree to dispense with actually reading the minutes before they are approved by the group. But "hearing" the minutes of the last meeting actually occurs in some cases.

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    Re: hear the minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Do you mean that all of us should read the minutes?
    Yes, but I don't mean reading it out loud.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Yes
    Then it makes sense.

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