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    Default Prepositional object or adverbial?

    I am listening TO YOU.

    TO YOU. What is the function of this? Is it a prepostional object or adverbial?

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    Default Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    Adverbial. You can compare it to the Lithuanian dative case, but it functions here like your accusative. I believe it's "tave."
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    Default Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    In my language, we would say:

    Aš (I) klausau (am listening) tavęs (to you).

    Tavęs is genetive of Tu (you).

    But anyway, could i say: Where Am I listening? I am listening TO YOU.

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    Default Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    No, in this case we'd use "Who / what are you listening to?" -- "I'm listening to you."

    I'm surprised your language uses the genitive for direct objects, most Indo-European languages use the accusative in such cases. Thanks for the pointer. I wonder if Sanskrit has it that way as well. People say they are cousins.

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    Default Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    It this case we use genetive even in possitive sentence.

    But for a direct object we usually use accusative in possitive sentences and genetive in negative ones, as there:

    1. Aš turiu (I have) knygĄ (a book, accusative in Lithuanian).
    2. Aš neturiu (I don't have) knygOS (a book, genetive in Lithuanian).

    We also use genetive for unmentioned amount of things, as in english we say: "some books, some letters) For example.

    Aš turiu (I have) įdomių knygų (some interesting books, plural genetive in Lithuanian)

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