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    Let the club do the work

    Hello,

    how are you? I have a question regarding grammar for this phrase “ let the club do the work” it is an instructional golf phrase. My question since “club” is single then why they don’t use does instead of do. Let the club does the work. Thank you!

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    Re: Let the club do the work

    This sentence uses the pattern:


    • let something do something


    I've used the verb do just to show the pattern. You may use other verbs in its position, depending on what you mean to say.

    The second verb in this pattern is always in what we call the base form of the verb. The base form is the most basic, non-inflected form.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jul-2019 at 23:23.

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    Re: Let the club do the work

    msaeed, I have changed your thread title. Titles should be unique and relevant to the thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Let the club do the work

    Hello msaeed,

    Twelve posts in seven years! That's the epitome of restraint!

    We hope to see more activity from you in future.

    Regardless, let me help you with your question.

    Some verbs are followedby full infinitives, and some by bare infinitives.


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    #5

    Re: Let the club do the work

    I'm no grammar expert but I think the verb do in this sentence is in the subjunctive mood, which I think means that although the verb is in the base form, it is not actually an infinitive.

    Does anyone know if that's right?

    It doesn't actually make any difference, of course.

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    #6

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'm no grammar expert but I think the verb do in this sentence is in the subjunctive mood,
    I disagree.

    Take a look at the explanation in the following link.

    https://learnenglish.britishcouncil....wed-infinitive

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    #7

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Thanks, but I'm not convinced. I don't count that site as an authoritative source on grammar.

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    #8

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Three more:
    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dic...are-infinitive

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le...rnitv226.shtml

    "https://books.google.com/books?id=1awJAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=oxford+b are+infinitives&source=bl&ots=9hyvOrVI2F&sig=ACfU3 U3-9zhTtw5fNAfKmNYm3QmTSps8bw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi Y-ff-ybfjAhVM4YUKHdBfCNMQ6AEwDHoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=oxf ord bare infinitives&f=false"

    I enclosed the last one in quotes because of the spaces in the URL. It's the Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar.

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    Re: Let the club do the work

    Again, thanks, but those references are not written by grammar experts. Their main aim is pedagogical—to make things simple for learners. (Plus, I obviously already know what they have to say!) I could equally cite pages which say that the verb is in the sunjunctive mood. (Is that what you disagree with?)

    I was just wondering if somebody who has some background in grammar (Paul Matthews?) could comment on my query, which is: Does the fact that a verb is in the subjunctive mood mean that it cannot be called infinitive?

    I don't mean to make this thread more complicated than it needs to be. I'm just mildly curious and thought I could learn something.

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    #10

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I think the verb do in this sentence is in the subjunctive mood,
    A subjunctive construction would be *Let that the club do the work.

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