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Which one is correct and why?
My hobby is listening music.
My hobby is listening to music.
My hobby is listening to music. < This one is correct.
My hobby is listening music. < This one is not correct because we can't "listen music". It's not possible to "listen something". We can "hear music", but we can't "listen music". We can only "listen to music". The verb "listen" is intransitive. It does not take an object. This why we use "to".
I know you are interested in grammar, and this leads to a larger grammar topic: gerunds and infinitives. Very few verbs are followed by the base form of a verb, and "hear" is one of them because it is a verb of perception.
Let's watch the band play. - watch - verb of perception -followed by "play", not "to play".
Let's listen to the band play. - listen - not a verb of perception, and it's intransitive. Therefore, it takes a prepositional object: listen to the band play.
That's enough for this topic here. Let me know if you have any follow-up questions.
Can you explain this in detail, intransitive and transitive verbs and how it takes an object and other one takes an object. And what are sense verbs and why they take prepositional phrase..?
Transitive Verb - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com, and then begin a another thread in order to discuss the topic at greater length.