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    kadioguy is offline Key Member
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    We will do what we can to help.

    In the OALD9, it says:

    do
    verb

    used to refer to actions that you do not mention by name or do not know about

    We will do what we can to help.
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    Why not We will do what we can do to help?

    Why is no main verb in what we can?
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    Re: We will do what we can to help.

    The second do is implied. Can can work this way.
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    Re: We will do what we can to help.

    Can other modal verbs work this way too?
    'I must do what I should.'
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    Re: We will do what we can to help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Can other modal verbs work this way too?
    'I must do what I should.'
    Yes.
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