Gerund and its meaning in the sentence, being positioned at the end of the sentence


I came across this sentence while watching a video on YouTube.

They learn to read and write the formal English of textbooks, but get very little training listening to - and speaking - causal, conversational, spoken English.
Source: Get Fluent With 1 Trick - Become A Confident English Speaker With This Simple Practice Trick
(By EnglishAnyone on YouTube; emphasis added)

What puzzles me here is what sort of connection exists between "get very little training " and "listening". Is there a meaning as in " ...get very little training in listening to..."?

Cihangir Çam

Posted 2015-11-29T17:15:15.867

Reputation: 710

Can you provide a link to the video and the approximate time in the video that the statement occurs? – None – 2015-11-29T17:52:35.673 1:58 – Cihangir Çam – 2015-11-29T18:05:54.607



If you listen to the way he says it (and the emphasis he uses) it is saying that English learners don't get the experience of listening to spoken English. Personally, I wouldn't use training, rather experience because experience sounds like you are learning at your own pace, and training sounds like a routine.

I can see why you're confused, and you are correct: you can say get very little training in listening to...

Riley Francisco

Posted 2015-11-29T17:15:15.867

Reputation: 480

So what he did in the sentence by not adding "in", should be considered as incorrect ,right? – Cihangir Çam – 2015-11-30T09:25:08.007

No. You can say both. – Riley Francisco – 2015-11-30T10:31:44.633