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Do you always have to say "to have" or "have" in this case? Does "having" never work?
ex)A: What's your usual routine when you wake up in the morning?
B: The first thing I always do is having a cup of coffee.(to have, have)
ex)The first thing I always do is making a cup of coffee.
I think in this both make and to make work. The reason why "having" can't be used is because it can give a nuance of "doing or eating something", right?
I think all noun forms can come in the position except "having" which is an exception. Please let me know if you agree.
'The first thing I always do is make a cup of coffee', or '. . .have a cup of coffee'.
That's how to say it.
"The first thing to do is [to] <bare infinitive>"
Thus, you can say, "The first thing I do is make coffee."
"The first thing to do is [to] make coffee". (With or without 'to')
Last edited by keannu; 04-Jul-2011 at 23:17.
But there's no infinitive verb here. In the original sentence you are equating two infinitive verb actions joined by a copula ("is"):
A: What do you need to do?
B: I need to make coffee.
A: Then what you need to do is [to] make coffee.