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  1. terrenziqq's Avatar
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    Something that someone V./ be Adj. is V...?

    Hi,
    (1) What everyone needs to do now is watch out for swine flu.
    (2) What everyone needs to do now is to watch out for swine flu.
    Which one of the above is seen more frequently?
    Are the two both correct?
    If there's anyone who has the experiences of teaching non-native speakers (especially beginners), how do you explain such a sentence (especially the first one) to those learners since mostly verbs subsequent to "beV" are either in the form of "Ving" or "passive tense".
    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Re: Something that someone V./ be Adj. is V...?

    They are correct.
    These sentences are called ‘what clauses’ and they are common with verbs such as need, want, like, hate. They are used to emphasize different parts of the sentence.
    e.g. I hate rainy weather.
    What I hate is rainy weather.

    You need a holiday.
    What you need is a holiday.

    It is possible to emphasize events, using auxiliaries do /did.
    e.g. Peter left the windows unlocked.
    What Peter did was (to) leave the windows unlocked.

    They are destroying the environment.
    What they are doing is destroying the environment.

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