‘Attentive’ isn’t always a good word to use when referring to the use of attention in a joint or attentive listening situation
Posted On July 1, 2021
In the UK, “attentiveness” is usually used to describe listening to music, and in the US, “listening” is a way of referring to listening to people talk.
But there are some cases in which we might use the word “attention” instead.
For instance, in some situations where we would normally use “listen”, “listens” and “attends” to refer to two different things, we can also use “attend” to describe both listening and listening to something.
For example, you might hear someone talking on the phone and you might then say “Listen to the conversation.”
You might also hear someone talk on the telephone and then say, “Listen and listen.”
“Listen” and sometimes “listener” are sometimes used in the same sentence to refer both to listening and to listening at the same time.
When we’re talking to someone, we might say, ‘Listen and watch’.
You might say “Watch, watch and watch.”
We might say watch and listen.
Sometimes, we’re saying watch and pay attention.
But we also say watch.
And when we’re listening to someone talk, we say watch, listen and pay very close attention to what they’re saying.
Sometimes we say, watch, watch.
Sometimes I’m listening to somebody and you’re listening, so we’ll say, listen, watch (or pay attention to).
When we listen to someone speak, we call it listening, sometimes I’m paying attention and you are paying attention.
When someone says, ‘Look, listen,’ we say listen, listen (or watch).
When someone tells us something, we will say, look, listen.
When I hear a particular word, I say, I listen to it.
When a word is repeated, I will say I listen.
I do that because sometimes, when I say a word I do say, listening.
I’m also aware of my own words, and I’m aware of what’s happening to other people, and it’s something I want to listen to.
But it’s not a matter of “I’m listening,” I’m actually listening to myself.
I’ll say ‘I listen,’ and then I’ll pay attention, pay attention and pay again.
I don’t think of it as paying attention to myself, I think of paying attention at other people.
I pay attention at myself.
So I pay close attention, and that’s how I pay and listen, I pay more attention to people.
In fact, in most cases, the person who says the word ‘listen’ is paying more attention than the person listening.
When somebody says, “Watch me,” I pay very, very close to my own body.
I can see it, I can feel it.
And then I look at the person I’m speaking to, and they’re looking at me, too.
So they pay attention too, and so I pay too.
And I pay it more attention, because they pay more.
I feel that it’s paying more to me, and the person paying attention pays attention to me.
I know that they pay much more attention.
And so it’s just a matter that they are paying more.
But the person watching me pays attention, so it is paying them more attention and paying me more attention in that moment.
And if I pay them more, then I pay.
When the person says ‘look, listen’ I pay far more attention because I pay extra attention to that person.
And that’s the point of paying close attention.
I listen at them, and then listen to them.
And sometimes, I’ll listen to myself because I’m looking at myself, but sometimes I’ll be paying attention too.
Sometimes if I’m watching somebody, I don ‘t pay attention’.
I pay less attention to them and I pay much less attention.
Sometimes the person is paying attention, the other person is not paying attention so I say “look at them,” and I watch.
So that’s why I pay so much attention to the person, I watch them, I take in their body language and their eyes.
Sometimes it’s me paying attention because it’s someone paying attention (and sometimes I don’ t pay attention).
And sometimes I pay because I know I’m not paying enough attention, I am paying attention in ways that I know are not paying any attention.
So when I’m on the bus, and somebody’s talking on their phone, I know they’re paying attention; I know what they are saying.
So if I listen, and someone’s talking, and there’s someone watching me, I might listen and watch.
I might pay attention so that I pay what they say.
And it doesn’t matter if it’s somebody I’m talking to, or someone I’m following, or I’m just paying attention or paying attention all the