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    The only thing ...... is asking is for me to pay - also verbs

    Hello everybody!

    I have just started a new thread as a follow-up to https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...02#post1074602.

    Li: Yes. The only thing that the organisers are asking is for me to pay them a small fee and give them the details of my bank account so that they can transfer the money. I'm a millionaire!


    Is it possible to express "The only thing that the organisers are asking is for me to pay them" as "The only thing that the organisers are asking me to do is to pay them"?

    My question also extends to verbs like 'need', 'would like','require'.

    Are there 2 versions for each of the above verbs?

    # What I need is for you to go shopping.

    # What I need you to do is to go shopping.

    ## What I woud like is for you to keep quiet for a while.

    ## What I woud like you to do is to keep quiet for a while.

    ### What I require is for you to report to my office first thing in the morning.

    ### What I require you to do is to report to my office first thing in the morning.

    Are the versions acceptable to and understood by you?

    I would be very gratefull for examples of other verbs which follow the same rule.

    Thank you.

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    Re: The only thing ...... is asking is for me to pay - also verbs

    The short answer to your main question (the one in bold) is that naturally we would say "The only thing the organisers are asking me to do is pay them a small fee ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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