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    Are these sentences correct:
    1-I am listening for him to say something interesting.
    2-I am watching for him to make a mistake.

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    Default Re: listen for

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-I am listening for him to say something interesting.
    2-I am watching for him to make a mistake.
    In both of those, I would prefer to use I am waiting... - the listening or watching would be implied.
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    I would prefer to use "waiting" as well.

    I think it is important to keep in mind that Navi's sentences could be "spoken" English. Spoken language tends to go without as much criticism. When we see things in writing, we start thinking a bit more about correctness.

    Know what I mean?

    8) :)

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    Default Re: listen for

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-I am listening for him to say something interesting.
    2-I am watching for him to make a mistake.
    I agree that "waiting" would be more common, but there is really nopthing wrong with your sentences. I actually like the first one.

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    Default Re: listen for

    or ... I watching him to see if he makes a mistake
    I'm listening to him to see if he .....
    'waiting' still sounds better .... just giving alternatives.

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    I am yearning for him to say something interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-I am listening for him to say something interesting.
    2-I am watching for him to make a mistake.
    An example of "listen for" is:

    "Class, listen to this recorded conversation. In particular, I want to listen for the train departure and arrival times..."

    Iain

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