What did you see or hear/listen to?

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meijin

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Japanese
Hi, does a survey question "What did you see, hear, or listen to at the store?" sound awkward? The response options include things such as "Product packaging", "Poster advertising", "Audio advertising", "Recommendation by store employee", and the reason I thought the question should use both "hear" and "listen to" is that I think audio advertising and recommendations by store employees are both something you might just hear (if you aren't interested) or something you listen to (if you are interested). If the question sounds awkward, should I omit either of the verbs?
 
  • meijin

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    You can't listen to something without first hearing it.
    Thanks Keith. So, even if I went to the shop and asked "Excuse me, could you explain the difference between these products?" paying full attention to what would be coming out of the shop assistant's mouth, the first thing my ears would do is "hear (the sound)", not "listen (to the content)". I think I agree. :)
     
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