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While we always add a preposition to with listen, as in listen to music, does that apply with listening as well?

Is the following sentence correct?

I am habitual of listening this from you ?

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    Try asking here: ell.stackexchange.com – GEdgar Oct 30 '14 at 19:28
  • listen` is an intransitive verb. You don't say _listen something, you can only say _listen to someone or listen for something. – Barmar Oct 30 '14 at 19:46
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Expanding on Barmar's answer. "Listen" is an intransive verb (it doesn't take a direct object) - "Bob is a good student. He listens." "Listen to" is a transitive verb, meaning "to hear and mentally process", e.g., "Bob is a good student. He listens to the teacher." "Listen for" is also a transitive verb, meaning "to be on a alert for something", e.g. "Bob is a lazy student. He listens for the bell."

I'm not sure what you mean by your sentence, because "habitual" means you do something over time, but "this" usually refers to a specific instance. You might say, for instance, "I habitually listen to your podcast."

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Adding to Greggo's answer, and in attempt to answer "Is this statement correct" beyond merely the distinction of "listen to" and "listening to", the statement above would still be improper: "I am habitual of listening to this from you" still could be better phrased:

  • I habitually listen to this from you (something specific being said)
  • I habitually listen to you (listening, in general)
  • I am habitually listening to this from you (quite awkward, would prefer #1, but plausible)
  • I am habitually listening to you (same comment as above, for #2)

But generally speaking, the answer, as discussed, is "yes" - both 'listen' and 'listening' require a 'to', if you're specify the direct object of the sentence.

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