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    Thumbs up when will we using do/to do/doing ?

    Please show me the difference betwen [do] (bare infinitive), [to do] ( to infinitive) and [doing] when a verb stand behind another verb (this verb shows the tense ) .
    Thanks very much!


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    Re: when will we using do/to do/doing ?

    Maybe this?
    I could do that when I was younger.
    I liked to do that then.
    I liked doing that in the winter.

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    Re: when will we using do/to do/doing ?

    Thanks Gabber.
    But i want to know the general rules of each type, not the list of situations.
    In my opinion, those rules are based on speaker's ( or writer's ) purpose.
    Please help me.
    Last edited by hungdl; 16-Jul-2009 at 10:45.

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    Re: when will we using do/to do/doing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by hungdl View Post
    Please show me the difference betwen [do] (bare infinitive), [to do] ( to infinitive) and [doing] when a verb stand behind another verb (this verb shows the tense ) .
    Thanks very much!
    I don’t understand very well what you need. I hope this helps.
    I must do something. (personal obligation)
    I have to do sth. (obligations made by someone else)
    You should do sth. or You ought to do sth. (to give advice or polite instructions)
    You had better do sth. (to give advice about how to stop sth going wrong)
    I can do sth. (ability)
    I could do sth. (past ability)
    I may/might do sth. (possibility or uncertainty)
    I will do sth. (predictions, instant decisions, offers, and promises)
    I do sth. (things that happen always or usually)
    I’m doing sth. (things that are happening now or in the near future)
    I’m going to do sth. (future plans)
    Some verbs are followed by to + infinitive.
    e.g.: decide, forget, help, plan, promise, hope, learn, offer, pretend, want, would like to, need, offer, remember, try, etc.
    I decided to do sth.
    I would like to do sth.
    Other verbs are followed by ing.
    e.g.: enjoy, finish, go on, hate, like, love, (don't) mind, spend, stop, etc.
    Exceptions: try and remember.
    Why don’t you try doing yoga? (experiment with sth.)
    Do you remember doing sth. (remember sth after it happened)
    Make and let are used without to.
    She makes me do sth./ He let me do sth.
    There are more structures but it’s impossible to mention all of them.
    Last edited by mara_ce; 19-Jul-2009 at 04:25.

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