Revised as of 3 September 2017
It’s rare to run across a word confusion between hear and here. Almost as rare as running across a confused hear and listen. Yet they do exist.
The hear-here difference is easy enough to differentiate; the hear-listen must take context into account. To hear is, generally, a passive act while to listen is to actively pursue the hearing of…things.
And just so you know, hear and here are heterograhs.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun, singular;
|Adjective; Adverb; Exclamation; Noun
Plural for the noun: here
Perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)
|Make an effort to hear something
An act of listening to something
Used for emphasis, especially after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective
In, at, or to this place or position
[Usually here is/are] Used when introducing something or someone
Used when indicating a time, point, or situation that has arrived or is happening
Now, at this moment, at this point, at this point in time, at this juncture, at this stage
Indicating one’s presence in a roll call
He did not hear very well.
I was shocked to hear of her death.
Nobody had ever heard of my college.
If you would like to join the committee, we would love to hear from you.
I won’t hear of such idiocy.
She had never been heard to complain.
Have you heard the news?
They heard that I had moved.
She just doesn’t hear what I’m telling her.
Joseph gravely heard them out but never offered advice.
It was an all-woman jury heard the case.
Our Heavenly Father has heard our prayers.
Have a listen to this!
Would you like to give it a listen before you decide?
I told her and over and again, but she wouldn’t listen.
They listened for sounds in the night.
Listen, I’ve got this idea.
Listen to your teachers, John.
Listen, this is important.
Listen to the voters.
This package here.
This here man, what’d ya say his name was?
Are you here now?
I like to eat lunch here.
This here is the best chance you’ll ever have.
It’s our obsession with the here and now that worries me.
The chocolates spilled out of the box and were scattered here and there.
Oh man, here we go again.
Oh, please…that’s neither here nor there.
They have lived here most of their lives.
Come here and let me look at them.
I’m getting out of here.
It’s too hot in here.
I have here a letter from the chief of police.
Here’s my brother.
We’re not here to mess around.
Here’s the money I promised you.
Here! He’s over here!
Here, let me hold it.
The here and the hereafter are equal mysteries to all people.
|Adjective: half-heard, hearable
Verb, transitive: outhear, outheard, outhearing, rehear, reheard, rehearing
|Adjective: listenable, more listenable, most listenable, unlistenable, unlistening
Noun: listenability, listener, listenership, listening post, listening station
Verb: list [archaic], relisten
|hear about something
hear from somebody
hear of something
hear somebody out
|History of the Word:|
|Old English of Germanic origin and related to Dutch hooren and German hören||From the Old English of Germanic origin, hlysnan meaning pay attention to [Noun] 1738||Old English hēr is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch and German hier.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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Victor VI Phonograph with Speartip Horn is AlejandroLinaresGarcia’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, and Ear by David Benbennick under the GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, or CC BY-SA 2.0 licenses, via Wikimedia Commons.