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    #1

    Do you hear someone knocking at the door?

    --Do you hear someone knocking at the door? (Someone is knocking at the door, do you hear? )

    --Yes, I did. I heard him knock three times.
    from a grammar book

    I wonder if
    Do in the first sentence should be replaced by Can.
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    #2

    Re: Do you hear someone knocking at the door?

    Yes, you can. But the reply would be "Yes, I can" to be consistent with the question.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Do you hear someone knocking at the door?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Yes, you can.
    The reply to touchstone's question would be 'Yes, it can' to be consistent.

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    #4

    Re: Do you hear someone knocking at the door?

    Also, the question "Do you hear ..." is rather unnatural. If the knocking has stopped, the question would be "Did you hear ..." which naturally leads to the response "Yes, I did". If the knocking is ongoing, "Can you hear ..." is the more natural question, with "Yes, I can" as the natural response.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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