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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 10:34 pm
It sounds wrong to my native ear/ears.

Sometimes I see 'ear' and sometimes 'ears'. I'm confused,

Which is correct?

Many thanks.
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 11:50 pm
@tanguatlay,
Both are acceptable.
McTag
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 12:10 am
@Shapeless,

I agree, but prefer "ear".
McTag
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 01:53 am
@McTag,
You do see both.

"He has the ear of the president"

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears"

I like "ear" because in this sense it is a figurative, not a literal use, meaning "mind" or "understanding".
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 10:59 am
@McTag,
I prefer the singular as well because it makes the phrase more consistent with other "anatomical" phrases:

going on foot
invisible to the eye
lend me a hand
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 10:28 pm
@Shapeless,
Thanks, fellow members, for your reply.
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