Listen To

Monday, April 8, 2013

Listen is a common intransitive verb but, from many other languages, it often translates to listen to in English. Listen + to are frequently used together.

It has Germanic origin, meaning pay attention to, so when you're listening to a sound, you are giving your attention to it.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Ryan never listens to his dentist and now his teeth are falling out.
If you listen to Nat's advice, you won't have any problems.
Carlo didn't listen to me when I told him not to drink the acid.

You must use a prepositional phrase headed by to, as in “listen to something”, in order to specify the thing being heard.

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