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    it's not like sb to do/ to have done

    I ran across the following question:

    ---Mary said she was tired of studying English.
    ---It's not like her ______ like that.
    A. to say anything B. to have said anything

    I would think A is right. I wondered if we could also use B.

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by joham; 25-Feb-2008 at 03:42. Reason: a word wrongly used

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    Re: it's not like sb to do/ to have done

    A is correct. There's nothing wrong with the grammar of B, but it implies that Mary's "good nature," if we can call it that, only lasted for a limited time in the past, rather than being a permanent quality.

    "Mary smokes occasionally now, but while she was pregnant, she never touched a cigarette. She wouldn't have done anything to hurt the baby she was carrying."

    "That's why I can't understand why she gives Johnny all that junk food. It's not like her to do anything to endanger his health."

    Does that make sense?

    [not a teacher]


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