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    We hear of consulting him.

    Could you tell me wether these sentences are right or not.

    We hear of consulting him.
    learn
    think
    dream

    They are from a textbook, but I suspect they are wrong.

    I will appreciate any help about where to read anything on this subject.

    Michael


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    Re: We hear of consulting him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    Could you tell me wether these sentences are right or not.

    We hear of consulting him.
    learn
    think
    dream

    They are from a textbook, but I suspect they are wrong.

    I will appreciate any help about where to read anything on this subject.

    Michael
    You are not being quite clear. Do you mean can the alternative verbs be used in the sentence?

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    #3

    Re: We hear of consulting him.

    We hear (learn, think, dream) of consulting him.

    I mean all this verbs in this construction. Can we say like that?

    Michael


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    Re: We hear of consulting him.

    We hear (learn, think, dream) of consulting him.

    I mean all this verbs in this construction. Can we say
    it like that?

    Not as tersely(=sparing in the use of words; abrupt) as that, because it conveys little meaning. Why would a person bother to say the words you suggest??
    compare:
    We hear of people (still) consulting him even though he is known to be a quack(=a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically in medicine).
    We hear of people consulting him from all over the world.

    We learn(= become aware of (something) by information or from observation) of people consulting him for illegal abortions, but so far the police seem to have taken no action.

    We are/were thinking of consulting him.

    We wouldn't dream of consulting that quack!

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    #5

    Re: We hear of consulting him.

    Thank you.

    Michael

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