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  1. Tinkerbell's Avatar
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    #1

    all I could do

    My heart was leaping around in my chest, and it was all I could do to keep my powers under control.
    Cal appeared at my elbow, and it was all I could do not to jump guiltily. "


    all I could do ??

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    #2

    Re: all I could do

    It took all of my energies to do this (or not do this).

    When that little girl was so mean to my daughter, it was all I could do to not reach out and slap her face. (It took a great deal of effort to contain myself and not do it.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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