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    #1

    Please tell if this sentence is grammatically right.

    Hi all,

    I am a student from Korea learning English as a second language. I am not good at grammar but know just a little.

    I ran into the following sentence reading a text:

    Sadako was quiet, listening to the leaves of the tree rustle in the wind.


    I think there should be a noun phrase after "listening to" because the "to" is a preposition.

    But isn't "rustle" a verb?

    So I looked up "rustle" in a dictionary and I found out "rustle" can be used as both verb and noun. However, it doesn't make sense to me even if the word was a noun. The leaves on "the tree rustle"? Leaves cannot be on sound.

    So I am stuck at this point. Please help!

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Please tell if this sentence is grammatically right.

    Here, "rustle" is used as a verb.
    When a wind blows, the leaves (especially the dry ones) rustle. Sadako was listening to the sound caused by the rustling of leaves.

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    Last edited by justlearning; 25-May-2014 at 10:29.

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    Re: Please tell if this sentence is grammatically right.

    Quote Originally Posted by justlearning View Post
    Here, "rustle" is used as a verb.
    When a wind blows, the leaves (especially the dry ones) rustle and make a sound. Sadako was listening to the sound caused by the rustling of leaves.

    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.
    Ah, I figured out that "listen to" in the sentence is a verb of perception which is followed by infinitive.

    What do you think??

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    #4

    Re: Please tell if this sentence is grammatically right.

    I agree with you and I found the following list of verbs of perception
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...sative-Verbs#2

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    #5

    Re: Please tell if this sentence is grammatically right.

    Thank you, that helps a lot!

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    #6

    Re: Please tell if this sentence is grammatically right.

    "Listen" is a verb of perception. The "to" that follows it is not an infinitive marker; it is a preposition. "Listen" is an intransitive verb, so it does not take a direct object. It can be followed by a prepositional phrase.

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