I came across this sentence from R. Murphy's grammar book:

I hear Sarah won some money. What is she going to do with it.

Could you tell me please why 'hear' is in a present form not in past?

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    It is idiomatic usage, in the sentence hear means: to be told information about something: I hear (that) you're leaving. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/hear - I hear, I am told (now) that she won some money (in the past). – user66974 Jul 13 '17 at 9:03
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    It indicates that the source is a rumor (or at least unidentified). It corresponds to "People are saying that Sarah won some money". – michael.hor257k Jul 13 '17 at 9:24
  • Its similar to "They say Sarah won some money" – Doomed Mind Jul 13 '17 at 9:31
  • @Josh - "I am told..." is generally used when you are describing to someone now something that you have heard/been told in the recent past (i.e. not 'now'). – Dan Jul 13 '17 at 10:21
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