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    except + verb?

    "He did everything except mow the grass"

    Isn't the bold word supposed to be mowing? It was a multiple choice question and my instructor said the answer is "mow". Why is that?

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    Re: except + verb?

    Except is usually followed by an '-ing form: Don't think about anything except having a good time.

    However, we use a bare infinitive for constuctions with Do ... except: She hasn't done anything except complain since she got here.

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    Re: except + verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    "He did everything except mow the grass"

    Isn't the bold word supposed to be mowing? It was a multiple choice question and my instructor said the answer is "mow". Why is that?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (1) May I share some information with you that may explain why your teacher gave "mow" as the correct answer?

    (2) The great grammarian George O. Curme in his two-volume masterpiece gives this
    sentence (I have copied it exactly as he wrote it, including the parentheses and the brackets):

    I will do anything to show my gratitude but (or except) [that I do] marry the daughter.

    I guess that the sentence above is a beautiful way of saying something like:

    I will do anything to show my gratitude, but there is one thing that I will not do: marry the daughter.

    (3) Thus, it is only my opinion that your teacher's "complete" sentence is:

    He did everything except [that he did] mow the grass.

    (He did everything, but there is thing that he did not do: mow the grass.)

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