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    Default Re: to do or do

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    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.

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    Default Re: to do or do

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    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.

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