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    hear tell

    Is it OK to use 'hear tell' as in "I hear tell he's getting married next month."?

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    Re: hear tell

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    Is it OK to use 'hear tell' as in "I hear tell he's getting married next month."?
    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: hear tell

    It's OK, but "tell" is really not needed there.

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    Re: hear tell

    It's not needed but "[I] hear tell" is an acceptable, if rather stylised, collocation in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hear tell

    And I would have said it was colloquial American English. So we both have it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: hear tell

    To ask a person if they've heard that someone is getting, could I just say "Do you hear he's getting married?"?

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    Re: hear tell

    Have you heard that...?

    Did you hear that...?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: hear tell

    And when you do use 'hear tell' (not in this context), remember to inflect only the 'hear': 'I hear tell...'/'I have heard tell...' etc.

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