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    two verbs

    1 The only thing that we can do is give you some advice.
    2 The only thing that we can do is to give you some advice.
    3 The only thing that I've learned is to respect the old.
    4 The only thing that I've learned is respect the old.

    Could you tell me which one is correct? In my opinion, I think No. 2, No.3 are correct, in that my teacher told us we can not put two verbs in a sentence. Thank you!

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    Re: two verbs

    1, 2 and 3 are correct.
    Your teacher almost certainly did not tell you that you couldn't put two verbs in one sentence. If the sentence has two clauses, it requires two verbs. All of your sentences have two clauses.

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    Re: two verbs

    Mike12345, what word can be left out of those sentences?

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    Re: two verbs

    A properly-placed colon would make number 4 correct. Can you tell where it would go?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: two verbs

    Hi, Id like to know what the difference between (1) and (2) is. Is (1) just a short version of (2)?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by shimacatu_sa; 16-Oct-2017 at 08:12. Reason: Typo

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    Re: two verbs

    I think 1 is more natural than 2.
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    Re: two verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1, 2 and 3 are correct.
    Your teacher almost certainly did not tell you that you couldn't put two verbs in one sentence. If the sentence has two clauses, it requires two verbs. All of your sentences have two clauses.
    My teacher said the sentence like this: I like reading. which will never be: I am like reading. One more example, we can never say He is runs every day. As for a clause, we can regard it as another sentence. So I think 1,4 are wrong, for "is give", "is respect" are two verbs. However, you said 1 is correct. So why is 4 wrong? I think both 1 and 4 have the same structure. Thanks for answering!

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    Re: two verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Mike12345, what word can be left out of those sentences?
    Tarheel, I think we can not leave out any word.

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    Re: two verbs

    I think we can leave out the relative pronoun.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: two verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A properly-placed colon would make number 4 correct. Can you tell where it would go?
    The only thing that I've learned is respect the old. Am I right?

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