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    #1

    What's correct

    Hello

    These are my sentences that I need your help in:

    * All I have done is {pass or passed} the exam
    * What I am doing is {play or playing} football

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: What's correct

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hello

    These are my sentences that I need your help in:

    * All I have done is {pass or passed} the exam
    * What I am doing is {play or playing} football

    Thanks
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    Hello, MoHammaD.

    (1) I think that the answers are:

    All I have done is pass the exam.

    I believe that it means something like:

    The only thing that I have done is to pass the exam.

    (P. S. I believe it is "good" English to say "to pass" in your

    sentence, but it is not necessary.)

    ***

    What I am doing is playing football.

    I believe that it means something like:

    That which I am doing is playing football.

    Playing is called a gerund.

    THANK YOU

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    Re: What's correct

    Thanks for your kind reply

    But is it wrong to say "What I'm doing is play football"
    and if correct, does it mean the same as using the gerund?

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    Re: What's correct

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Thanks for your kind reply

    But is it wrong to say "What I'm doing is play football"
    and if correct, does it mean the same as using the gerund?
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    (1) That is a great question.

    (2) I shall give you my opinion. Hopefully, others will give their

    opinions to you, too.

    (3) What I am doing is playing football seems to refer to what

    you are doing now (at this moment). As you know, am doing is called

    the present progressive/continuous. It often (not always) refers to an

    action happening now.

    (4) If you want to use [to] play (we call that the infinitive), I think that

    you would have to change your sentence to something like:

    Martha: What is your opinion of the problems in our country?

    Joe: Thank you, Martha. But what I do is play football. (or to play).

    That is my only interest and talent. I know nothing about politics.

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    Let's see what other answers you get.

    THANK YOU

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