Listen in – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To listen in is to listen to what someone is saying, especially secretly.

Examples of use:

1. You shouldn’t listen in on other people’s private telephone calls.

2. I think someone is listening in on our conversation.

3. When I was a teenager my mum used to listen in on my telephone conversations.

To listen in is also to listen to a radio broadcast.

Examples of use:

1. Portland are on the radio tomorrow. Listen in at 9pm if you want to hear them!

2. More than five million people listened in to the new radio programme.

infinitive listen in
present simple listen in and listens in
-ing form listening in
past simple listened in
past participle listened in

Can you think of any ways to use the phrasal verb ‘listen in‘ in a sentence?

Do you think it’s impolite to listen in on other people’s conversations?

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