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    Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    1. Listen to the song and rejoice.
    2. The officer listened to the request of the farmers.
    3. He is still in the hang-over of the music he listened to yesterday.
    4. I was bored by listening to her story.
    5. Honourable audience, please listen to me!
    6. Boys do not listen to us when they come of age.
    7. This boy is very obstinate. He does not listen to anything.
    8. It is better to see in person rather than listen to others’ talk.
    9. The chief minister listened to the appeals of the public.
    10. We can understand why he is popular when we listen to the prime minster speaking.
    11. The baby went to sleep listening to his mother’s affectionate lullaby.

    Above all sentences have "listen+to" and I have heard "listen+to" is the intransitive verb. All the above sentences are translated into our language (Kannada) then it becomes "transitive verb" with meaningful and correct sentences. If those sentences are translated as "intransitive verbs" then all sentences are incorrect and we get meaningless sentences. Here is my doubt. If the thought is same (in both native and non native speakers mind) then why these sentences differs from one another??

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    I think the OP should not compare Kannada with English, as I would not compare Chinese with English while learning English grammar.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Sorry, that prevous post is about prepostions and this post is about verbs (transitive and intransitive).

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    Someone told me "listen" is intransitive; "listen to" is transitive.Is it correct?

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the OP should not compare Kannada with English, as I would not compare Chinese with English while learning English grammar.
    If we compare, it is very easy understand the subject but in some cases like this it's little odd to understand with comparing.

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If you wish to consider 'listen to' as a phrasal verb, then it is transitive. I see no value in this analysis.
    I do not have any intention to trouble you all and sorry if I did that. Actually in our language we use "to" and "for" for dative case. But here in this case it is used as accusataive case.(I was bored by listening to her story=I was bored by hearing her story). That is why I got confused.
    Last edited by Raju0; 12-Oct-2017 at 12:38.

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    Trying to slot English usage into the case patterns of some languages may not work. Don't overdo the comparisons.

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    Re: Is "Listen+To" The Intransitive Verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Trying to slot English usage into the case patterns of some languages may not work. Don't overdo the comparisons.
    No no, it works in almost all cases

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