Hear from / get news of

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

Please take a look at these standard explanations:

1. We finally heard from Jane. [According to dictionaries, this means Jane herself got directly in contact with us - phone, letter, email, etc.]

2. We finally got news of Jane. [It is a general expression that doesn't necessarily mean that Jane herself got directly in contact with us, someone else could have contacted us and told us about Jane.]

My question is: Can I use "hear from" when I "receive news about someone" but not directly from this someone -Ex: Paul gave me news about Jane = I heard from Jane though Paul. Is it possible?

Thank you in advance!
  • morzh


    When you hear from someone, this someone is the one you receive the news from.
    Not about him, but FROM him.

    - Have you heard from XYZ yet? Are they shipping the stuff or not? (colloquial of course)


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think only if Jane had asked Paul to pass on some specific news about her to you, could you say 'I heard from Jane through Paul'.

    If Paul simply told you what he knew of Jane then no, you couldn't.


    Depending on the context, various phrases may be used.

    Such as:
    "Do you know anything about her?"
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