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    Default "... did nothing but lie" paradox

    How can the usage of Present Simple after Past be explained in the following: "But lazy Jack was so lazy that he did nothing but lie in the sun ... and sit by the fire-place ..."

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    Default Re: "... did nothing but lie" paradox

    "nothing" functions as a noun and the phrases "lie in the sun" and "sit by the fire-place" define that noun.

    EX: Jack did nothing except for the following things: lie and sit.

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    Got it! Thanks, Casiopea

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