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    #1

    It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    Build/built is more appropriate here.



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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    'Built' is wrong.
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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    Could anyone explain why is 'built' wrong?

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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    The infinitive must be used after 'to'.
    See https://learnenglish.britishcouncil....rbs/infinitive
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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    Ask Is "build" or "built" more appropriate here?
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    #6

    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The infinitive must be used after 'to'.
    That is not always the case, but it is so after BE + adj + to.
    Last edited by Piscean; 26-Aug-2016 at 11:21. Reason: quote added

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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    You could say that It was typical of the Portuguese that they built a fort wherever they went.

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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Could anyone explain why is 'built' wrong?
    The why-clause is not a question, so the subject and the auxiliary should not have been inverted.
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    Re: It was typical of the Portuguese to build/built a fort wherever they went.

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Build/built is Is 'build' or 'build' more appropriate here?


    You must learn the correct way to ask your questions.

    EDIT: Sorry, GS — I'd forgotten you'd already made this point, but it won't do rock-onn any harm to have the same thing hammered home.

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