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    Hello,

    I am not listening whatever you say!

    I am not listening to whatever you say!

    My question is: TThe sentences I have written with 'to' and without are acceptable, is that right?

    Thanks...

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    Default Re: whatever

    No. "To" is required.

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    Default Re: whatever

    The point is that you listen to something, so here listen to whatever you say is the right choice.

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    The first is fine if you put a comma after 'listening'.

    The second is more natural as "I'm not listening to anything you say".

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    I am not listening whatever you say!

    I am not listening to whatever you say!

    My question is: TThe sentences I have written with 'to' and without are acceptable, is that right?

    Thanks...
    I don't find the second one very natural. I'd prefer "I am not listening to anything you say".
    Edit: I agree with 5jj about the comma.

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    Default Re: whatever

    If you want to use the word "whatever", then "Whatever you say, I'm not listening" would work as long as the comma is in place.
    I agree with the others that "I'm not listening to anything you say" is better than "I'm not listening, whatever you say".

    For info, you can also say "I'm not listening, no matter what you say".

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