It's 'je hoort' (you hear) in an affirmation, but if you make a question, you have to switch the subject with the verb and drop the '-t' in the second person singular. Like this: ik hoor - hoor ik? jij/je hoort - HOOR jij/je? hij hoort - hoort hij?
- criminals = criminelen
- crooks = boeven (you might want to avoid this one in serious contexts, since it's associated with the bad guys in children's series)
- bad guys = slechterikken (lit. bad ones)
Apparently “are you hearing...“ is wrong... Why? I'm always confused, when to use -ing and when not
To hear is a stative verb in English and they are used to express emotions, feeling and sense-organ-related verbs etc such to see, to hear, to love .....to plainly say I hear something is just 'hear' and no '-ing' form but when you put the '-ing' to it,you connote a physical process that is not something a usual habit in a way.
....some of the stative verbs can be used in '-ing' form and still make sense but mean different things I smell the roses in the garden . Something like the I involuntarily smelt it and not physically because their scent filled the air in the room . I am smelling the roses in the garden. Maybe to detect which of them has a different odour and I'm physically and actively sniffing it .
I hope you understood .