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    Hi!
    I have to set an assignment for my students (practising tenses) and decided to take out the tenses from a joke.Here comes my dilemma:I simply don't know how to give them the infinitive forms of the underlined verbs since some are phrasal verbs, others may be idioms.Could you please help me?
    Here's the joke:
    This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Npbody.There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was sure/ was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.Somebody got angry / got angry about this,because it was Everybody's job.Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!
    Am I right to give them to be sure, to get angry, to end up as infinitives?
    Thanks a lot,
    Angela

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    Why don't you just give the to be/to get/to end and leave the adjectives and the adverb/particle in the text?

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    Hi!
    Well, since the verb and its particle make up a unit (a phrasal verb) I thought that it will be necessary to list them as such, otherwise students will take them separately, unaware of the fact that together they have a certain meaning (one of the difficulties encountered by a EFL students are phrasal verbs and idioms) entirely different from the meanings of the words taken separately.
    Is my argument correct?
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    Angela

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    I don't think so- in the first two cases, the adjectives could be replaced by almost amything, so they're not fixed- he got angry/sick/drunk/hurt, etc. In the third case, you could have 'to end up', but as the focus is the tense, I think it would be OK without it.

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