the usage of prepositions

Reply Sun 10 May, 2015 08:33 am
He was used to ...beacause he was a good story-teller and used to make up tales about animals a) being listened to b) being listened c) be listened to
d) be listened

which of these answers are you going to choose? I would choose
a) being listened to
And is it always essential to use a prepostion even in this kind of sentence? As everyone knows, the verb "listen" is used with a preposition "to"-- to listen to smb/smth. Can we omit "to" in this test?

looking forward to your replies,
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Reply Sun 10 May, 2015 11:00 am
Yes, a) is correct.

I've found it helpful to treat the prepositions as essential parts of the phrasal verbs or, alternatively, as collocations. Learn the whole phrase together, instead of thinking of them as individual words. It's more efficient and accurate that way.
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Reply Sun 10 May, 2015 11:07 am
Incidentally Ifi, I'd reword it 'cause of the three "two" 's and the two "used to" 's

He was used to being heard because he was a good story-teller and often made up tales about animals
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Reply Sun 10 May, 2015 11:32 am
I think there is a big difference in being listened to and being heard...
I heard the radio but I did not listen to the program..
I heard the speaker, but did not listen to him.
Reply Sun 10 May, 2015 12:56 pm
You're right Saab. I merely reworded to make it more nearly mellifluous
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 02:17 am
You need 'being listened to', as the key here is past tense in the sentence.
Reply Tue 12 May, 2015 07:48 am
I appreciate all of you ! Thanks for your attention.
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Reply Thu 23 Aug, 2018 04:03 pm
You need 'being listened to', as the key here is past tense in the sentence.

'being listened to' is not past tense.
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