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    Question Eavesdrop / overhear

    Hi teachers,

    I'm curious if there is a difference between 'eavesdrop' and 'overhear.'

    A : I overheard they were talking about bringing to a boarding school.

    OR

    A : I eavesdropped when they were talking about bringing to a boarding school.

    Please help.


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    Re: Eavesdrop / overhear

    To eavesdrop is a deliberate act. To overhear is not.

    I could overhear someones conversation simply because I am close enough. To go to the door and put my ear to it in order to hear what the people inside are saying would be eavesdropping.

    Interesting etymology on eavesdrop.

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    Re: Eavesdrop / overhear

    Thanks for the explanation, thod00. : )

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