Convey the message as you would speak it. Few people who are worth listening to speak in sentences of more than 30 words.

Could you please help me with understanding the bold sentence. I roughly understand the meaning: most of people are not used to listening to sentences containing more than 30 words. But the way the sentence is constructed is for me confusing. I suppose that the subject is "people" but where is the predicate?

  • The headline should be "Few people who are worth listening to".
    – gnasher729
    Mar 7, 2016 at 21:19
  • That would render the question nonsensical @Gnasher. The preposition to is the reason for this question.
    – M.A.R.
    Mar 8, 2016 at 9:53

1 Answer 1


Few people [who are worth listening to] speak in sentences of more than 30 words.

It seems what confuses you is the preposition to after listening. It belongs to the clause, and it's not an infinitive marker.

The sentence thus means that "few good speakers use sentences with more than 30 words", good speakers being the people worth listening to.

It's worth listening to them.
They're worth listening to.


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