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Hear vs. listen? #16 (permalink) Wed Jun 16, 2010 19:10 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

Mariami555 wrote:
Hello, Could you explain me the meaning of the phrase: 'to be hard of hearing?' Does it mean that the person has problems because of his physical ability or he just can't hear the conversation? Thank you :)

Be hard of hearing means that the person has problems with his ears and it's hard for him to hear clearly.
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Hear vs. listen? #17 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:32 am   Hear vs. listen?
 

And why isn't possible to use to "to hear" instead of "hearing"

I thought "to hear" and "hearing" have the same meaning.

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Hear vs. listen? #18 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 17:28 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

Hi,
I would like to know the difference between hear & listen.In which sentence shall I use hear & where listen? I always get confused.
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Hear vs. listen? #19 (permalink) Fri Aug 27, 2010 16:31 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

hi. I did 7/10 correct answers. thanks for your explanation on the forum, they make me understand more clearly.
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Listening/hearing #20 (permalink) Thu Sep 23, 2010 16:55 pm   Listening/hearing
 

Alan wrote:
Listening is not possible here because the sentence refers to the faculty of hearing - like the faculty of seeing/feeling/tasting/smelling.

Dear Alan,

I now understand the difference between hear and listen. However, I am taught by my teacher that the verb 'hear' can not be used in participle, meaning in -ing form. If that is true, then using 'hearing' in this sentence, is it correct?

I understand that according to the available structure of the sentence and available options, 'hearing' is the correct answer. But, please explain me and clear my confusion.

Thanks in advance,

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Hear vs. listen? #21 (permalink) Thu Sep 23, 2010 19:23 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

Why can't it be- he's very hard of listening? He finds it difficult to follow the conversation. A conversation has to be listened to inorder to follow, isn't it?
Does 'hard' refer to being hadicapped?
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Hear vs. listen? #22 (permalink) Sat Dec 04, 2010 16:58 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

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Hear vs. listen? #23 (permalink) Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:12 am   Hear vs. listen?
 

Hello, I am difficult to understand using "listen and hear" in a sentence. especially in this test. can you explain it to me ? Thanks
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Re: Listening/hearing #24 (permalink) Wed Nov 16, 2011 14:42 pm   Re: Listening/hearing
 

what do you mean faculty of ?

thanx alan
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Hear vs. listen? #25 (permalink) Wed Nov 16, 2011 15:23 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

Hi,

'Faculty' in the sense I used it, means mental power to do something. It can also be a physical power.

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Hear vs. listen? #26 (permalink) Wed Nov 16, 2011 15:30 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

thank you Alan very clear explanation
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Hear vs. listen? #27 (permalink) Thu Aug 23, 2012 18:07 pm   Hear vs. listen?
 

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"I should explain that he finds it very difficult to follow your conversation...". Can I omit that "it"? Can I say "I should explain that he finds_very difficult to follow..."? I wonder what is the function of that "it".

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Hear vs. listen? #28 (permalink) Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:09 am   Hear vs. listen?
 

You need 'it' there.
'It' refers to the act/situation of following the conversation/listening.
Alternatively you could say
'... he has difficulty following ...'
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Re: Listening/hearing #29 (permalink) Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:09 am   Re: Listening/hearing
 

hi, i think there must be an ambiguity in this sentence. i was confused whether the person has difficulty in hearing or he just ignore to listen. can you explain the sentence please.
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Hear vs. listen? #30 (permalink) Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:34 am   Hear vs. listen?
 

Hello Nur Hayati,

Have you read the messages earlier in this thread? The sentence is explained in those.
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