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    About infinitive after BUT.

    Hi!
    Is an infinitive with or without TO used after BUT , please?

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    Re: About infinitive after BUT.

    Could you write the sentence you have in mind?
    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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    Re: About infinitive after BUT.

    There is an argument between two people.
    Person 1 posted an exercise and its key as follows


    -The little girl had no choice but______ ____at home. 
     A. to stay B. to staying  C. stayed D.stay

    Person 1 says: If before BUT is a verb of non-action, after BUT is a verb with TO.
    Ex:
    - The Taliban have no other option but to negotiate with Afghanistan's government
    - I have no other choice but to trust You That's all I can do
    - Does Obama Have No Other Choice but To Threaten Iran?
    - I have no other choice but to close the ask box for now.
    - I have no (other) choice but to leave.(en.wiktionary.org/wiki/but )
    - The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
    - The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part


    Person 2 says: According to PEU by Micheal Swan
    The verb form after BUT usually depends on what came before. Infinitives are normal without TO.

    Who is correct, please?

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    Re: About infinitive after BUT.

    Swan says in that article, "Infinitives with to are used after no alternative/choice/option but." You have to read the whole article, not just select one sentence.

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