What kind of grammatical structure is "give it a listen"? We hear and use these kind of grammatical structures a lot in which a verb is preceded by an article. I have heard that verb cannot precede an article.

This structure is: Verb + subject + article + verb.


  1. Give it a go
  2. Give it a listen
  3. Give it a read etc

All these are the examples of the structure I described


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"Give [x] a try" is a verb phrase or phrasal verb. Even though one might say "Give it a go!" as a complete sentence, that is an order, just as someone might say "Try it!" or even just "Go!".

Other examples of phrasal verbs:

  • Blow it up
  • Ask her over
  • Break it down
  • Bring it up

"(You), give it a go."

'You' is the subject. 'it' is the indirect object.

Google says 'go', in this case, is a noun.

'go' noun 1. INFORMAL an attempt or trial at something. "have a go at answering the questions yourself"

'go' is the direct object.

In this example, there is hence no verb preceded by an article.

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