Hear or listen to?
Hear means become aware of sound through the ears. It is the ordinary word to say that something comes to our ears.
- ’Can you speak a bit louder? I cant hear you.’
- Suddenly she heard a strange noise.
Listen (to) is used to talk about paying attention to sounds one hears. It emphasizes the idea of concentrating. Note that you can hear something without wanting to, but you can only listen to something deliberately.
- I heard them talking in the next room, but I didnt really listen to what they were saying.
Note that listen to is mostly used to talk about experiences that are going on, in progress.
- When she arrived, I was listening to the radio. (NOT ---I was hearing the radio.)
To talk about experiencing the whole of a performance, speech, piece of music or broadcast, we generally use hear.
- Did you hear the news yesterday?
Listen and listen to
When there is no object, listen is used.
- Listen! (NOT Listen to!)
- Listen to me! (NOT Listen me!)
...hardly ...when/before ...
Have or have got
Have vs Having
Hear and listen
He, she or they
How and what like?
However, yet, still, though
How ever and however
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