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    #1

    They (are hearing, have just heard) that the factory is going to close down.

    The answer here is "have just heard" in some grammar book. But doesn't "are hearing" also work?

    A : Why is everybody getting so angry?
    B : They (are hearing, have just heard) that the factory is going to close down.

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    Re: They (are hearing, have just heard) that the factory is going to close down.

    They are both acceptable.

    Put the options in italics rather than in brackets.

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    Re: They (are hearing, have just heard) that the factory is going to close down.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    The answer here is "have just heard" in some grammar book. But doesn't "are hearing" also work?

    A : Why is everybody getting so angry?
    B : They (are hearing, have just heard) that the factory is going to close down.
    Actually, "A" set the tense to present progressive (or continuous if you prefer).

    You have set the scene that this news is currently spreading; this is an ongoing event.

    Therefore, your correct option in this context is, "They are hearing...".

    However, you could have said, "Why is everyone so angry"? Then you'd respond, "They have just heard...".

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    #4

    Re: They (are hearing, have just heard) that the factory is going to close down.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    Actually, "A" set the tense to present progressive (or continuous if you prefer).
    The present perfect in the response is perfectly natural, especially with 'just'.

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