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What does 'overheard' mean? #1 (permalink) Mon Jul 26, 2010 22:31 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #185 "Verb Tense Practice (2)", question 9

I ......... you talking to the boss. Why did you tell him that I was late this morning?

(a) overhearing
(b) overheard
(c) overhear
(d) overhears

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #185 "Verb Tense Practice (2)", answer 9

I overheard you talking to the boss. Why did you tell him that I was late this morning?

Correct answer: (b) overheard

Your answer was: correct
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Could you tell me if I am correct?

the meaning of overhead could be when you heard something by chance?

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What does 'overheard' mean? #2 (permalink) Mon Jul 26, 2010 23:06 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

That is the meaning of overheard (note the spelling), yes.
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What does 'overheard' mean? #3 (permalink) Tue Jul 27, 2010 14:11 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

I also means to listen to somebody's conversation without their awareness.
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overheard #4 (permalink) Tue Jul 27, 2010 14:14 pm   overheard
 

I've got it.

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What does 'overheard' mean? #5 (permalink) Tue Jul 27, 2010 14:26 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

Remula wrote:
I also means to listen to somebody's conversation without their awareness.

If you are deliberately listening in to someone's conversation without them knowing, then the more accurate term is 'eavesdropping'.

If you overhear something, it is accidental / by chance.
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What does 'overheard' mean? #6 (permalink) Tue Jul 27, 2010 14:29 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

I see they are synonyms with different shades :)

I should talk to my dictionary seriously, it doesn't tell the entire truth :)

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What does 'overheard' mean? #7 (permalink) Tue Jul 27, 2010 14:38 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

That's dictionaries for you. You just begin to trust them and - bang! They throw in a curveball*!

*A baseball related idiom meaning an attempt to mislead or deceive.
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What does 'overheard' mean? #8 (permalink) Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:29 am   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

How did you know that I would ask "what it is"? :)
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What does 'overheard' mean? #9 (permalink) Wed Jul 28, 2010 18:58 pm   What does 'overheard' mean?
 

Remula wrote:
How did you know that I would ask "what it is"? :)

A little experience ;)
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