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HEAR or LISTEN? What’s the difference?

HEAR or LISTEN? What’s the difference?

HEAR or LISTEN? What’s the difference? 

 

‘Hear’ is an irregular verb:

hear – infinitive
heard – past simple
heard – past participle 

 

‘Listen’ is a regular verb:

listen – infinitive
listened – past simple
listened – past participle 

 

The ‘t’ in listen is silent!

 


 

hear = using your ears for sounds

 

hear listen

 

Can you hear that weird sound?
(The sound is the focus, not the information.)

 

Dogs can hear very well. 
(The sound is the focus, not the information.)

 

Speak up. I can’t hear you.
(The sound is the focus, not the information.)

 

My grandparents don’t hear very well anymore.
(The sound is the focus, not the information.)

 

I think I hear our train coming. 
(The sound is the focus, not the information.)

 

 

listen = you focus and pay attention

 

hear listen

 

Are you listening to me? I’m trying to tell you something important.
(The information is important.)

 

My boyfriend never listens to me.
(The information is important.)

 

I love listening to Latin music.
(The information is important.)

 

The IELTS exam listening section is the most difficult. – gerund 
(The information is important.)

 

Always listen to your parents. They know best.
(The information is important.)

 


 

COMPARE:

Can you hear me? = Is the volume okay?
Are you listening to me? = Are you paying attention?

 

This is a hearing test. = We need to test your ears.
This is a listenintest. = We are testing your ability to understand everything in English.

 

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