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    Prepositional object or adverbial?

    I am listening TO YOU.

    TO YOU. What is the function of this? Is it a prepostional object or adverbial?

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    Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    Adverbial. You can compare it to the Lithuanian dative case, but it functions here like your accusative. I believe it's "tave."
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    Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    In my language, we would say:

    A (I) klausau (am listening) tavęs (to you).

    Tavęs is genetive of Tu (you).

    But anyway, could i say: Where Am I listening? I am listening TO YOU.

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    Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    No, in this case we'd use "Who / what are you listening to?" -- "I'm listening to you."

    I'm surprised your language uses the genitive for direct objects, most Indo-European languages use the accusative in such cases. Thanks for the pointer. I wonder if Sanskrit has it that way as well. People say they are cousins.

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    Re: Prepositional object or adverbial?

    It this case we use genetive even in possitive sentence.

    But for a direct object we usually use accusative in possitive sentences and genetive in negative ones, as there:

    1. A turiu (I have) knygĄ (a book, accusative in Lithuanian).
    2. A neturiu (I don't have) knygOS (a book, genetive in Lithuanian).

    We also use genetive for unmentioned amount of things, as in english we say: "some books, some letters) For example.

    A turiu (I have) įdomių knygų (some interesting books, plural genetive in Lithuanian)

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