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    #1

    what he did was

    Which of these are correct grammatically and which are used?
    What he did was blow off her head.
    What he did was blew off her head.
    What he did was blowing off her head.
    What he did was to blow off her head.

    My guess is that the third one is correct and unused and the first correct and used, but maybe I'm wrong?


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    Re: what he did was

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Which of these are correct grammatically and which are used?
    What he did was blow off her head.
    What he did was blew off her head.
    What he did was blowing off her head.
    What he did was to blow off her head.

    My guess is that the third one is correct and unused and the first correct and used, but maybe I'm wrong?
    It is a pseudo-cleft construction. Use the bare infinitive structure:

    What he did was blow off her head.

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    #3

    Re: what he did was

    What he did was blow her head off.

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    Re: what he did was

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Which of these are correct grammatically and which are used?
    What he did was blow off her head.
    What he did was blew off her head.
    What he did was blowing off her head.
    What he did was to blow off her head.

    My guess is that the third one is correct and unused and the first correct and used, but maybe I'm wrong?
    My guess is that the fourth one is correct and unused, but maybe I'm wrong?

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