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    #1

    Any and get

    1) In the end I had to get a lift with a colleague
    -> What I did in the end was get a lift with a colleague

    Question: Why can't we use to get or getting here but get?

    2)I tried every key but not_____ fitted
    a) any
    b) one
    The answer is b yet I think a is acceptable. How come we don't choose a but b?

    3) Should your information ____ out to be true
    a) turn
    b) turns
    I think b is the correct one, isn't it?

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    Re: Any and get

    I tried every key but none fit. (correct) (not fitted)
    or
    I tried every key but not one fit. (correct) (not fitted)
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    What I did in the end was to get a lift with a colleague. (correct)
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    Should your information turn out to be true... (correct)
    If your information turns out to be true.... (correct)


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    Re: Any and get

    Why Should you info turn here is correct? I think information is an uncount noun?
    What I did in the end was get, not to get or getting, the answer said so
    How about not any fitted?

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    Re: Any and get

    Should your information turn out to be true...
    When used in this way "turn out" is an intransitive verb... to prove to be in the result or end see Merriam-Webster online.

    "What I did in the end was get, not to get or getting, the answer said so"
    'To get'can be used in a number of patterns and has a number of meanings. So maybe both are correct... I disagree with the answer but I could be wrong... It happens... I will stick with what I said...

    What I did in the end was to get a lift with a colleague. (it sounds better to me)

    "How about not any fitted?"
    The sentences "I tried every key but none fit." and "I tried every key but not one fit." are compound sentences using the conjunction "but" so both parts need a subject and a verb. In my dictionary fit is a verb but fitted is an adjective.

    You could have written it this way and it would have meant the same":
    "I tried every key. None fit." or "I tried every key. Not one fit."

    Joke follows....
    "SHOULD WE GET THEM USELESS GRAMMAR CLASSES ALL TOOK OUT THE SCHOOLS?"


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    Re: Any and get

    Nice day, Carl,
    1) You said both are acceptable. Both? Do you mean Gerund and Infinitive or just Bare and Gerund or Infinitive and bare?
    2) Yes, fitted is an adj. But in British English, fitted is the past form of fit
    3) Sorry, I cannot get the joke. Could you explain it to me? Get them useless grammar classes all took out the school?

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    Re: Any and get

    1) What I did in the end was get a lift with a colleague.
    and
    What I did in the end was to get a lift with a colleague.
    I am not certain... Both sound alright to me and I am not aware of any rule that would prohibit the use of either of these but there may be.

    2) Perhaps in Great Brittan "fitted" will work as the past form of "fit" but it won't in the US. I guess it depends on which form of English you want to use.
    It fit today, it fit yesterday and it will fit tomorrow.

    3) The joke... Sorry, I don't understand it either.


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    Re: Any and get

    You are so funny, Carl ^^. IF you don't understand it, why did you post it here?
    2) Okay, let put it that way we have two forms of English. If the sentence is British English, how come we cannot use not any fitted here?

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    Re: Any and get

    Belly,
    I suggest you ask an Englishman if you can use fitted. In America we don't use it this way.

    I really do understand the joke but it is difficult to explain satire. See if you can figure out why this might be funny.


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    #9

    Re: Any and get

    Thanks Carl for helping me yet I don't understand the grammar of the joke... What does took out here mean?
    If other Englishman who can, please help, thanks in advance

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