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Which is correct?

  1. There is no means to listen what he is saying.
  2. There are no means to listen what he is saying.
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A better construction might be "...no means of listening to..." –  Jimi Oke Jan 27 '11 at 22:29
    
also: by all means –  asymmetric Jan 27 '11 at 23:30
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According to Oxford Dictionaries it can be "treated as singular or plural".

Personally, I find the plural form more natural in your example. Also note that you need another "to": There are no means to listen to what he is saying.

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and what about a different meaning and context "One thing is a purpose and the other thing is a means to achieve that purpose"? Can I use only singular, or only plural (".. the other thing are means to achieve..."), or both? –  Tomas Jan 6 at 22:47
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