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    "was get..."

    I can't figure it out that why it is acceptable for two verbs in bold are existing in the same sentence. Please advise if it is grammatically correct. If not, should it be changed to "was getting" or any other form for amendment. Thanks!

    "The first thing he did in the morning, during all the time I knew him, was get the newspaper and read it and that's exactly what he would have done at a time when he was so much in the news himself"....Quoted from BBC New
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    #2

    Re: "was get..."

    The verbs are correct. "Was get" is a shortening of "was to get". Read the sentence as "The first thing he did in the morning...was (to) get the newspaper...".

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    Re: "was get..."

    'Was to get' or 'was getting' are both correct.

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    Re: "was get..."

    "Was getting" does not work there.

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    #5

    Re: "was get..."

    Why not?

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    Re: "was get..."

    What are you going to do when you get to the word "read"? It leaves you with "was getting the newspaper and read it".

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    #7

    Re: "was get..."

    So, is it possible to change it into "was getting the newspaper and reading it"?

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    Re: "was get..."

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    What are you going to do when you get to the word "read"? It leaves you with "was getting the newspaper and read it".
    It is understood that the rest of the verb(s) would have to follow whichever form is adopted, the infinitive or the gerund.

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    #9

    Re: "was get..."

    Even if one rewrites the sentence as you suggest, The sentence is far more natural for me as:

    "The first thing he did in the morning...was get the newspaper and read it...".

    than as:

    "The first thing he did in the morning...was getting the newspaper and reading it...".

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    #10

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    I agree, the gerund form is not as natural but is not incorrect.

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