Originally Posted by Soup
The following 2 examples are odd in my dialect of English:
"We had no choice but leave."
"They've done nothing but to read all afternoon."
And in mine.
Originally Posted by ostap77
So it depends on the speaker or area he comes from when it comes down to using either the "to" infinitive or bare infinitive?
For you examples? Not at all. It depends on meaning:
1. We had no choice but to leave.
We had no choice but to do this.We had no choice but to leave.We had no choice but leave.
2. They did nothing but read.
They read.They to read.