Grammar CheckerSpellingWhat is the difference between 'here' and 'hear'?

What is the difference between 'here' and 'hear'?

What is the difference between 'here' and 'hear'?

The words here and hear are often confused because they are homophones. We'll explain the difference.

Here means in, on, or at this place when used as an adverb.

Hear means to perceive sounds through the ear when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is to this that hear is spelled like ear. You use your ears to hear sounds. If you think of the link between the verb hear (the act of listening) and the noun ear (the things that you use to listen), then you shouldn't make a mistake.

Out of the two words, here is the most common. It appears about four times more frequently than hear.

Which is correct, here and there or hear and there?

You should use here and there. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

Which is right, get out of here or get out of hear?

The correct expression is get out of here. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Some synonyms of hear are: listen, try, understand.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of hereDictionary Definition of hear

Examples of here in a sentence

I would have been here earlier, but the rain slowed me down.”
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
But she did want to get out of here, and the quicker the better.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
Why hadn’t he met Caroline here?
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
Been wondering who was doin' all the stealin' around here at night."
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
She said, “So, let’s play a little game here, Detective.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber

Examples of hear in a sentence

He could hear the taxidermist speaking to someone in the other room.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
She could all but hear Holly’s clear, high voice, calling out to her.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
He could hear anything in Urik, if he chose to listen;
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
B.J. loves to hear from readers.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
I couldn’t help but hear as Connie recited the address and flicked the phone closed.
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp