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    Hi,

    I can dance or play a guitar but/except (to) study

    I had no choice but (to) accept the challenge.

    What can we do but (to) sit and wait?

    I just would like to ask if I must put 'to' after 'but or except' in these sentences I have written. Are they necessary?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    I can dance or play a guitar but/except (to) study This entire sentence makes no sense.

    I had no choice but (to) accept the challenge. (with "to")

    What can we do but (to) sit and wait? (with or without "to")

    I just would like to ask if I must put 'to' after 'but or except' in these sentences I have written. Are they necessary?

    Thanks.
    See above. You will need to reword the first one completely. I don't know what you're trying to say.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: with to or not

    Sorry for the first sentence I have constituted. What I try to intend is:

    I just want to dance or sleep but/except (to) study.

    Is that OK?

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Sorry for the first sentence I have constituted. What I try to intend is:

    I just want to dance or sleep but/except (to) study.

    Is that OK?

    Thanks again.
    No. Try again.

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    Default Re: with to or not

    You want to dance and sleep. You don't want to study. Is that what you're trying to say?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Feb-2013 at 22:50.
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    Yes, but, I can't understand why this sentence 'I just want to dance and sleep but/except (to) study' doesn't make sense.
    Last edited by aysaa; 05-Feb-2013 at 12:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Yes, but, I can't understand why this sentence 'I just want to dance and sleep but/except (to) study' doesn't make sense.
    You could say, "I don't want to dance and sleep, but (I want) to study.
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    Default Re: with to or not

    Or "I want to dance and sleep but not to study".
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