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Suppose that in a computer application you hear a word that is spoken by the computer and you must spell it. Now if you can click on a button to hear the word again what do you say:

  • You can click "Say again" button to listen to the word again. Or
  • You can click "Say again" button to hear the word again.
  • Either listen to or hear could work, but "Say again" is a little awkward. _Repeat sounds a little cleaner. Click the "Repeat" button to listen to the word again. Click the "Repeat" button to hear the word again. – Adam Feb 29 '16 at 18:50
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I would use:

You (can) click "Say again" button to hear the word again.

Because you would be "hearing" the word. Whether you are listening to the word or not is another matter. Meaning the button can't make you listen.

I used can because I assume it is the users option.

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The computer dictates the word which the user must write down, it therefore stands to reason that the button should be simply renamed ‘word’.

  • To rehear, click on the ‘word’ button. (7 words)

A shortcut approach would be to use the word relisten, which means “listen again”

  • In order to relisten, click on the ‘word’ button. (9 words)

Oxford Dictionaries list both verbs and suggest that they are interchangeable.

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Get rid of "can".

The instruction is elliptical for:

If you wish to listen to the word again, you must click the button to have the computer say the word again.

To listen to the word again, click the Say Again button.

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