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"See, the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it's over.
--George w. Bush
St. Petersburg, Russia
Source: The Chimp-O-Matic
" ...is to get..."; "...is getting..."; is that right?
He's american, its true. But I don't think that, even in Texas, they talk like that.
unfortnately, Bush, the worst man between politicians, is talking as he is responsible for the world.
How poor is he !!! He can't control His country, so he tries to show his false responsibilties in another countries.
You are right.
The quote I quoted fights syntax not grammar.
In other words, the sentence may be gramatically correct but, I insist, it is syntaxically incorrect. In Italy we would say that it do not respect "consecutio temporum".
Anyway, let's wait for a teacher advice.
Anyway, let's wait for a teacher's advice -- how do you know I am not one?
I am a physics teacher, that is true.
"The quote I quoted fights syntax not grammar."??
Syntax is a subset of grammar.
"As the word is understood by most modern linguists, the subfields of grammar are phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Traditionally, however, grammar included only morphology and syntax."
Teacher or not, as I'm Italian, you are hungarian, aren't you?
So, let's wait for an advice from an english teacher. On the subject proposed by the thread.
We are not discussing about my English but about the linguistic tool (English? English in its American version) used by G.W. Bush.
Regardless to the rest, whatever it means, English or American grammar/syntax, to me, the sentence
"...to do is get Syria..." is incorrect.
He had to say:
"....to do is getting(to get) Syria....".
You say incorrect, I say correct; what others may say I do not know.
In my culture we say thanks if somebody tries to help you.
The New York Times: Search for 'to do is get'
End of story on my part.
'Need to do is to get' would more more acceptable in writing, but dropping 'to' in speech doesn't strike me as an error; it strikes me as a normal enough form for speech. I don't like the suggested use of the gerund.