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    My dream is to buy / buy a car.

    1. What I did was prepare for dinner.

    2. All I did was just eat.

    3. The only thing I can do is run.

    4. My dream is to buy a car.

    5. My dream is buy a car.


    I've learned that we can use bare infinitive when to infinitive is used as a complement of 'What noun + do + be verb ~',

    'All noun + do + be verb' or 'The only thing + noun + do + be verb' clauses.

    My question here is what about other kinds of clauses like sentence 5.
    Last edited by wotcha; 20-Jun-2013 at 17:01.

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    Re: My dream is to buy / buy a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. What I did was prepare for dinner.

    2. All I did was just eat.

    3. The only thing I can do is run.

    4. My dream is to buy a car.

    5. My dream is buy a car.


    I've learned that we can use bare infinitive when to infinitive is used as a complement of 'What Subject + do ~',

    'All Subject + do ' or 'The only thin + Subject + do' clauses.

    My question here is what about other kinds of clauses like sentence 5.
    5 isn't natural. The others are. There is no 'do' verb in 4 or 5, so your rules don't apply.

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