Allan Chen
Help me with my question. What is the difference between "notice and heed", for example, i noticed that you were missing something of importance , i heeded that you were missing something of importance.
Oct 30, 2017 4:01 AM
Answers · 2
'heeded' is very old english and not used very much, so I would recommend you only use 'noticed'
October 30, 2017
In general, to notice means to realize or get something into our focus of attention (a sensory or intellectual realization or reckoning of something), and thus mostly associated to a passive behavior of receiving or observing a stimulus. It doesn't involve more than the reception/observation and the realization that comes from it. In contrast, to heed means to take notice, to adjust or align your behavior or course of action bearing in mind some warning, advice, guidance, etc., therefore implying a more active behavior. Someone may notice something, but not heed it. As in these examples, Anthrax Scare: CDC Lab Didn't Heed Its Own Lessons - NBC News Survival Rises When Hospitals Heed All Heart Attack Guidelines - Eclipse watchers who didn’t heed safety advice now feeling effects - 7News State Dept. didn’t heed security warnings - MSNBC
October 30, 2017
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