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    except/except to

    I would like to know why "except to(1)" is correct and "except to(2)" is wrong.
    1. She didn't leave the house all weekend, except to go to church.
    2. She does nothing except to complain.

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    Re: except/except to

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know why "except to(1)" is correct and "except to(2)" is wrong.
    1. She didn't leave the house all weekend, except to go to church.
    2. She does nothing except to complain.
    In the second one complain actually follows "does". That is, she "does nothing" and she "does complain." Therefore, "She does nothing except complain." You could also say "She does nothing but complain."

    In the first one you can understand it better if you think of the sentence: She left the house (in order) to go to church.

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