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    Listening

    What would I do with a brother like Ram who left his pregnant wife after listening to a "Dhobi".

    My doubt is:

    1) why we used listening not listened or listen?

    2) if we use "listening", does it mean the sentence is present continuous.


    Please clarify in detail.


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    Re: Listening

    'After' is a preposition, after which a gerund should be used instead of the simple past or the bare infinitive.
    'Listening' as a gerund here does not refer to the present continuous.

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    Re: Listening

    Can I say after preposition, gerund will be used. I understand only in case of "After" or "before"

    Please clarify

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    Re: Listening

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    1) Why do we use listening not listened or listen?
    The reason for "listening" is that after a preposition, you need to use the gerund. You cannot use an infinitive (bare or full).
    However, you can say: "What would I do with a brother like Ram who left his pregnant wife after he had listened to a Dhobi?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    2) If we use "listening", does it mean the sentence is in the present continuous?
    No, see above.

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    Re: Listening

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    "What would I do with a brother like Ram who left his pregnant wife after he had listened to a Dhobi?"
    I think 'after' is a conjunction instead of a preposition here, but I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Listening

    I agree, Matthew.

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    Re: Listening

    Does it mean that Gerund is be used after every preposition? I doubt.

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    Re: Listening

    'If we want to use a verb after a preposition, it must be a gerund (which functions as a noun).'── quoted from https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-gerunds_2.htm

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