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

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."


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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