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    how to conjungate verbs after verb to be?

    I would like to have a doubt explained, and it is about what verb tense we should leave the verbs after the verb to be as for instance:

    "All he does in life is (play or playing?) soccer."

    What form is correct after the verb? "play" or "playing"?

    thanks a lot!

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    Re: how to conjungate verbs after verb to be?

    I'd say both are correct.

    'Play soccer' is a verb, referring to the action.
    'Playing soccer' is a noun (gerund or verbal noun), referring to the pastime/hobby/profession.

    BTW, the correct spelling is 'conjugate'.

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    Re: how to conjungate verbs after verb to be?

    Welcome, willosbourne.

    1. All he does in life is play soccer.

    The main verb is 'is'. The subject is 'All he does'. It has a subject and a verb of its own. The subject is 'he' and its verb 'does' is emphatic. It's inserted for emphasis.

    Main verb: All he does is play soccer.

    Take out 'does' and it's replaced by 'play',

    Main verb: All he plays is soccer.

    Switch the words around,

    Main verb: Soccer is all he plays.
    Main verb: Soccer is all he does play.


    2. All he does in life is playing soccer.

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