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    With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    1.He listens to classical music every night.
    2.He listens classical music every night.
    In the first, the sentence used the preposition "to" and in the second, no preposition is used.
    Are these sentences correct? Do these sentences mean the same? or is any mistake in these sentences with or without preposition?

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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    'Listen' is intransitive, so I consider it incorrect to omit the preposition.
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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    1. is correct.
    2. is wrong.

    In fact, saying "listen music" is a very common mistake made by non-native speakers.
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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Listen' is intransitive, so I consider it incorrect to omit the preposition.
    1. If they were now listening, I should be informing them of this circumstance.
    2. You must speak in this way, whether they listen or not.
    3. One time he listens, and another time he does not.
    4. If such a person as you speak, of course he will listen.

    In these sentences why "to" is not used?
    Last edited by Raju0; 12-Oct-2017 at 05:24.

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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    Because there is no object.
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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Because there is no object.
    If an object is not mentioned, then is it to be understood by context and there must be the object in the sentence right?

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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raju0 View Post
    In these sentences why "to" is not used?
    Because we don't specify what they are listening to.

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    Re: With or without preposition are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raju0 View Post
    In these sentences why isn't "to" is not used?
    Note the correct way to form a question. A more common word order would be ​Why isn't "to" used in these sentences?
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