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Hear of vs. Hear about

BubblyBubbly Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭
I always mix both hear about and hear of. So I search for the difference on google. I learned it so I thought I should share it with others. They are close but still different.

"hear about"="be informed of, gain knowledge of"
"hear of"="become aware of someone or something's existence"


A: Have you heard about Ron ? = "Have you heard the news about Ron?"
B: "Yes, he broke his leg."

A: Have you heard of Ron ? = "Do you know who Ron is?"
B: "You mean the man who plays the drums for the pop-group? Yes, I know of him."

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  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭
    And we also have ''hear from'' meaning receive a letter, phone call or message from somebody.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    @bubbli Is "to hear of" used when expressing a recently known information?
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭
    I dont think so but let it be confirmed for our teacher @Lynne
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Ok then, @bubbli . I can't wait to know her answer.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,851 mod
    edited March 2015
    If you have / haven't heard of someone / something, you are aware / unaware of their / its existence.

    Have you ever heard of Mary Phelps Jacob?
    I had never heard of that new miracle diet.

    If you have heard about someone / something, you learn something.

    Did you hear about Lynne's accident on Friday?

    BUT!

    If you hear of / about someone / something, you find out about something that has happened.

    I was sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy's death. (informal)
    I was sad to hear of the death of Leonard Nimoy. (formal)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,603 mod
    So:
    - Have you ever heard of Tintin? (or is it "Have you ever heard about Tintin? My guts say it could be both :( )
    - Have you ever heard about his story in Peru?
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne Thank you.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,851 mod
    1. Have you heard of Tintin? - Are you aware of his existence?

    2. Have you heard about Tintin? - Have you heard what happened to him? Some people use it for #1 too.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Thank you very much @Lynne .That was helpful :)
  • elhattabfethielhattabfethi Posts: 48 ✭✭
    @bubbli
    It is very clear the difference between "heard of " and " heard about ".
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭
    @elhattabfethi so you already knew the difference, didnt' you?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    I really like that @bubbli I mix them up.. now, I get helps.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭
    Thats nice sarataer.:)
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