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...".
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
Last edited by cyrusevilming; 29-May-2015 at 03:15.
'Was to get' or 'was getting' are both correct.
not a teacher
So, is it possible to change it into "was getting the newspaper and reading it"?
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...".
"The first thing he did in the morning...was getting the newspaper and reading it...".
I agree, the gerund form is not as natural but is not incorrect.