- using one or the other incorrectly can be confusing to the listener.
- to hear of = thing, person, something that exists
- to hear about = event, situation, incident, happening, information
to hear of (used mostly in questions)
to hear about
- Did you hear about the new job at Microsoft?
- Have you heard about the problem they are having in the accounting department?
- I don't want to hear about your problems.
- In American English, we do not use "Do you know Stanford University?"
- Americans will say "Have you heard of Stanford University? or Have you ever been to Stanford University?"
- Do you know is for people; not places or things.
- EXCEPTION: Do you know New York well?
- Must be used in a question and refers to your knowledge about the city.