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    #1

    The use of heard

    Dear all,

    I would like to ask a question regarding the use of the word hear. Thank you in advance.

    I'm not sure which one is correct
    1. I heard that you went to Singapore last week.

    2. I heard that you go to Singapore last week.



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    #2

    Re: The use of heard

    #1 is correct.
    #2 is incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: The use of heard

    Y - e - e -s, except when is referring to a plan. This would commonly require a present continuous, but if the plan is fixed a simple present is possible.

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    Retracted - see Piscean‘s comment. I didn‘t notice the last two words.
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    #4

    Re: The use of heard

    The second sentence could be rewritten as "I heard that you did go to Singapore last week". (Although "that" could be omitted depending on one's style.)

    NB: I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: The use of heard

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Y - e - e -s, except when is referring to a plan. This would commonly require a present continuous, but if the plan is fixed a simple present is possible.
    I don't see how it's possible with 'last week'.

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    #6

    Re: The use of heard

    I heard that you went to Singapore last week.
    I heard that you're going to Singapore next week.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: The use of heard

    I can think of, e.g.,
    Last week, I heard that you (often) go to Singapore (on business).
    However, #2 in the OP would, at best, be a very clumsy (if not plainly incorrect) way of saying that.

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    #8

    Re: The use of heard

    Quote Originally Posted by tri3hary View Post
    the use of the word "hear."

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    You have already received the answer to your question.

    I just thought that you would like to know that we could also say:

    "I hear that you went to Singapore last week."

    Some people feel that "Congratulations! I hear that you got married last week" instead of "Congratulations! I heard that you got married last week" is more "vivid" (connected to immediate experience).

    As one expert explains the sentence "I hear that the bank has failed," it does not mean that I am hearing the news now for the first time; it means that I have heard the news and recalling it now.

    Authority: Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (1940).

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