“I can hear the people talking at the table next to me.”
I can’t hear very well.hear something/somebody She heard footsteps behind her.I couldn’t hear anything.hear somebody/something doing something He could hear a dog barking.hear somebody/something do something Did you hear him go out?I heard a car drive off.hear what… Didn’t you hear what I said?somebody/something is heard to do something She has been heard to make threats to her former lover.
“I was listening to the speaker at the meeting.”
Listen! What’s that noise? Can you hear it?Sorry, I wasn’t really listening.He had been listening at the door.listen to somebody/something to listen to musicI listened carefully to her story.You haven’t been listening to a word I’ve said!
*We report information that we learned by saying “I heard…”
“I heard Richard got a promotion.”
*We use listen to to mean pay attention to something or someone. (See definition above)
“I listen to English news on the train.”
“Don’t listen to James, he’s a liar.”