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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Grammar Guide
Hear Versus Here

Today at The Dragon we discuss the difference between “hear” and “here” using examples from Choices Meant for Gods. First, the word “hear” is a verb that can be conjugated so that various forms of it show up in your sentences. For example:

Chariss heard (past tense of hear) a note of anguish in Nigel’s voice.

The word “here” indicates placement or location. For example:

“Just leave the sword here,” Chariss told him. “It’ll be safe.”

You’ve got to pay attention when you type this one because Microsoft Word’s dictionary recognizes both of these words and automatically corrects them if you get a couple letters transposed. But you, as the writer, or your editor has to know the meanings of the two different words to be sure the correct one appears in your manuscript, business letter, school term paper, newspaper article, etc.

The one with the “a” is the verb.

(Sandy Lender has been an editor in the magazine publishing industry for fifteen years and is the author of the novel Choices Meant for Gods, now available at or

“Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”

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