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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    the doctor can do execpt keep

    1) There is nothing more the doctor can do except keep an eye on him.

    or

    2) There is nothing more the doctor can do except to keep an eye on him.

    As far as I know the first sentence is correct. What about the second one?

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    Is it OK to say "There is nothing more the doctor can do except keeping an eye on him"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: the doctor can do execpt keep

    I am not a teacher.

    I would only ever use the first one.

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    #3

    Re: the doctor can do execpt keep

    Yeah, the first one is an example from my grammar book by Cambridge University Press.

    Is there any reason why you would not use "except to keep" in the example above but, according to the book, you would in the sentence below:

    I rarely need to go into the city center except to do some shopping.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #4

    Re: the doctor can do execpt keep

    I am not a teacher.

    In the first one the bare infinitive 'do' goes with 'keep'.

    In your last example 'to go' goes with 'to do'.

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