Past Tense For Hear: Heared or Heard? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense For Hear?

You may wonder whether the same holds true for “hear” in the modern language, given that “let” in the past tense is visually similar to its original verb. 

What is the past tense of hear? Quick answer: The past tense of “hear” may be spelt as “heard” – H-E-A-R-D, yet the original form is written as “H-E-A-R.” Likewise, the past participle of hear is lookalike the past-simple one.

“Heared” is a grammatical error in English. We mean, do not confuse how to employ this word.

Check out other styles of this verb in the table below:

Base Form/To-infinitive (V1) Hear
Present Form (V2) Hears
Past Form (V3) Heard
Past Participle Form (V4) Heard
Present Participle/Gerund (V5) Hearing

After understanding its past tense, learn how to modify the verb hear in 12 tense verb forms or the verb conjugations. Both the active and passive voice verb structures are explained on this site

Pronunciation: Hear In Past Tense 

Refer to the Oxford English Dictionary for guidance on pronouncing this verb in the English language, including American and British accents. Look at the detailed verb tables below for some helpful spelling tips as well:

Form of word Pronunciation
British English American English
Hear /hɪə(r)/ /hɪr/
Hears /hɪəz/ /hɪrz/
Heard (V2+V3) /hɜːd/ /hɜːrd/
Hearing /ˈhɪərɪŋ/ /ˈhɪrɪŋ/

Definitions & Examples For “Hear”

Here comes a list of meanings and examples of this verb. Give it a quick check:

  1. To be aware of sounds with your ears.
  • Linda heard some bad news from her ex-boyfriend.
  • I have recently heard the latest news about this tragic accident. 
  1. To draw attention or listen to something/somebody,
  • Did you hear that play by Taylor Swift last night?
  • Before meeting you, I had heard something about you. 
  1. To be told about something.
  • The student heard what the teacher had to say.
  • My grandchildren had heard my stories sparingly before bedtime.
  1. To judge and listen to a case in court.
  • Yesterday, the jury heard the evidence.
  • The department had heard the announcement from the court since September.

Quick Practice With A Couple Of Lessons & Exercises For “Hear Past Simple”

Created on By Benjamin Essek

Past Tense For Hear

For fostering your language skills, these shorter sentences should be off to a great start:

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My parents were delighted to …………. me speak, and I was overjoyed to give them such a happy surprise.

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She was sick of …………. him talk about Alex as though he was a testosterone-driven wild man.

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It was nice to ………. English spoken without an Indian accent.

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After sitting a while, she suddenly ……….. someone coming. A sleigh drives up with harness bells! This frightened her a lot. She can’t keep calm.

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As she was walking down the hall, she ……….. her name mentioned.

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The restaurant was one that she had ………… of, but couldn't afford to enjoy.

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There are law, medical and engineering schools in the country, but one rarely ………… of them.

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Is “Hear” An Irregular Verb? 

Yes absolutely. It is an irregular verb, like the verb “breathe”.

Which Is Correct: Hear Heard, Or Heared?

As was just said, “hear” is the infinitive verb. The word “heared” does not appear in the English language. “Heard” is the proper form of “hear past tense”.

What Is The Synonym Of Hear?

There are a wide range of terms that can replace this verb. Here are some common words for you to employ: 

Listen, descry, learn, understand, determine, eavesdrop, attend, gather, get, apprehend, overhear, receive, pick up, catch, discover, auscultate, find out, descry, devour.