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    Colloquial Vs. Formal

    We often hear sentences like these:

    All we can do is hope for the best.

    All we can do is try.

    All you can do is wait and see.

    I believe these are examples of colloquial writing, as the grammatically correct way would involve participles or gerunds, right?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Colloquial Vs. Formal

    No. They are fine as they are; and they are not particularly informal

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    Re: Colloquial Vs. Formal

    I'm curious what you suggest is the correct way.

    All we can do is hoping and waiting? That's not correct.
    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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