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    Smile All I had to do was to write/was write/was writing.

    Hello everyone,

    I am asking about if it's "was to write/was write/was writing"? and why, please? because I don't get it at all. And if it needs studying in order to figure it out very well, please tell me the rule's name or a site I can study from.


    All I had to do was to write a letter/ was write a letter/ was writing a letter.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by saloom2; 29-Apr-2013 at 09:32.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    All I had to do was to write a letter.
    All I had to do was write a letter.
    All I had to do was to writing a letter.
    All I had to do was writing a letter.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    First off, sorry about the typo. Why did you opt for the first two ones?
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    Look at underlined.

    do ... write
    to do ... to write
    (to) do ... writing

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    Where's the underlined, though?
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    All I had to do was to write a letter.
    All I had to do was write a letter.
    All I had to do was to writing a letter.
    All I had to do was writing a letter.
    In red are the words which were clearly underlined in 5jj's post.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    All I had to do was to write a letter.
    All I had to do was write a letter.
    All I had to do was to writing a letter.
    All I had to do was writing a letter.
    You did all that without the strikeout button? I'm missing it. (I know you can code it manually)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You did all that without the strikeout button? I'm missing it. (I know you can code it manually)
    You have to GO ADVANCED. I am trying to train myself to do it before I start writing a response. The advantage is that you get a fuller selection of buttons; the disadvantage is that you lose sight of all the other posts in the thread.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    If I know I'm going to need to use the strikethrough quite a lot (ie in Editing and Writing Topics), I hit Go Advanced straight away. If I'm only going to need it four or five times, I code it manually. It would be great to get that one button back in the non-advanced toolbar.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: All I had to do is to write/is write/is writing.

    I've just bumped the thread about it in the Support Area. Red 5 may be able to help.

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