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    using bare infinitive - urgent

    please, explain the grammar structure underlined in the following sentence:
    He could do anything except make money. I'd espesially like to know why bare infinitive is used instead of ing-form.


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    Re: using bare infinitive - urgent

    The basic sentence structure is:

    He could....make money. An English speaker would not say: He could making money. The modifiers "anything but" don't change the basic sentence structure.


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    Re: using bare infinitive - urgent

    thanks a lot for explanation. I have one more thing to specify- whether "except" in the mentioned sentence is a conjunction, preposition or any other part of the speach. thanks in advance.

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