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People who receive close attention when they speak.
 

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What's the difference between

People who get listened to.

People who listened to.
 

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The second one is ungrammatical. As it stands it doesn't mean anything.
 

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If you amend the second to "people who are listened to", it means nearly the same thing. Get adds a more active sense (after all, it's in a sentence in the active voice).
 

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If you amend the second to "people who are listened to", it means nearly the same thing. Get adds a more active sense (after all, it's in a sentence in the active voice).
people who are listened to <~Is it a passive voice?
 

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What does "<~" mean?
 

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Get adds a more active sense (after all, it's in a sentence in the active voice).

I'm not sure what you mean here. The sentence is a kind of passive.
 

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I didn't know to get verbed was considered a passive, but that does make sense. I meant that when I hear people who get listened to I imagine that the listeners are a little more engaged than those hearing a person who is listened to.

Now that I try to express the distinction I thought I felt, I'm not sure it really exists.
 

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It's considered a 'get-passive'.

If there is a difference in meaning here between the be and get forms, with get listened to it's that the people who are getting listened to are probably actively trying to get listened to whereas with be listened to, there's no such nuance. So there is some kind of active nature there I suppose. Maybe.
 

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It's considered a 'get-passive'.

If there is a difference in meaning here between the be and get forms, with get listened to it's that the people who are getting listened to are probably actively trying to get listened to whereas with be listened to, there's no such nuance. So there is some kind of active nature there I suppose. Maybe.

So, A who gets listened to B, means A is the speaker and B is the listener?
 

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When Jill speaks, Jack listens to her.
Jack listens to Jill. (active) --> Jill is/gets listened to by Jack. (passive)
 
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