Are "listen carefully" and "listen mindfully" interchangeable? If yes, is the first one less formal than the second? If no, what's the difference between them?

Are the following expressions proper to express "listen carefully" as well?

listen attentively, listen closely, pay close attention, be attentive, listen hard, pay attention, listen intently

Or, what other ways to express "listen carefully"?

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    Listen carefully is idiomatic - I've never heard anyone say listen mindfully. – Kate Bunting Jul 22 at 7:56
  • [Since you have added the other synonyms] Yes, those are all possible ways of describing the act of paying attention to what someone is saying. – Kate Bunting Jul 22 at 12:42
  • @KateBunting Possible ways? How about using them in spoken language or writing? – questionguy Jul 22 at 15:14
  • Do you want to use them in description - "The audience listened attentively..." or as an imperative? Listen very carefully - I shall say this only once – Kate Bunting Jul 22 at 15:27

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