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Common Mistakes and Confusing Words in English
|hear vs listen||
To hear is a verb that means to receive or become aware of a sound using your ears, so you don't have to make an effort in order to just hear something.
She heard a noise outside.
To listen is a verb that means to give attention to someone or something in order to hear them, so you make an effort in order to hear something properly.
She listened to the noise and realised it was only a cat.
Note! In some circumstances we use hear when we listen to someone or something attentively or officially.
I heard a really interesting speech on the radio this morning.