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    except (to) V

    1. We had nothing to do except to look at the cinema posters.
    2. We had nothing to do except look at the cinema posters.
    3. Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except to say "mama."
    4. Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except say "mama."
    Which of the above sentences do you think is NOT acceptable?
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    Re: except (to) V

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. We had nothing to do except to look at the cinema posters.
    2. We had nothing to do except to look at the cinema posters.
    3. Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except to say "mama."
    4. Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except say "mama."
    Which of the above sentences do you think is NOT acceptable?
    So far as I can see, the first two sentences are identical

    #4 is unacceptable.

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    #3

    Re: except (to) V

    I have corrected my typo. Is #2 acceptable?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I have corrected my typo. Is #2 acceptable?
    Yes, that's fine.

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    Re: except (to) V

    2. We had nothing to do except look at the cinema posters.
    4. Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except say "mama."
    Since #2 is acceptable, what's wrong with #4?
    Both #2 and #4 use a bare infinitive after "except".

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    #6

    Re: except (to) V

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    2. We had nothing to do except look at the cinema posters.
    4. Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except say "mama."
    Since #2 is acceptable, what's wrong with #4?
    Both #2 and #4 use a bare infinitive after "except".
    That's true, but "to do" has already been used in #2, and "to look" is therefore understood. This doesn't apply to #4.

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    Re: except (to) V

    He did everything to help me, except ____ me money.
    (A) give (B) to give
    Which choice is correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    He did everything to help me, except ____ me money.
    (A) give (B) to give
    Which choice is correct?
    You can use either. Here are some totally subjective opinions:
    If anyone who agrees with them can explain them, go ahead!

    1. He had nothing to do except say “mama”. Yes
    2. He had nothing to do except look at posters. Yes
    3. He was unable to speak except to say “mama”. Yes
    4. He was unable to speak except say “mama”. No
    5. He was unable to see except to look at the ceiling. Yes
    6. He was unable to see except look at the ceiling. No
    7. He was unable to A except to do a subset of A. Yes
    8. He was unable to A except do a subset of A. No



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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    4. He was unable to speak except say “mama”. No
    5. He was unable to see except to look at the ceiling. Yes
    6. He was unable to see except look at the ceiling. No
    7. He was unable to A except to do a subset of A. Yes
    8. He was unable to A except do a subset of A. No
    How about the following sentence?
    He was unable to do anything except say "mama."

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    #10

    Re: except (to) V

    ...do...except + bare infinitive
    He’s done nothing all day except sit around and watch television.
    Tom does every thing around the house except cook.
    I have a computer that can do anything except talk.
    He does nothing except eat all day.
    He had nothing to do except spend money.
    We had nothing to do except look at the cinema posters.

    except + to-infinitive
    Since the accident he has been unable to speak, except to say “mama.”
    He wouldn’t talk about work, except to say that he was busy.

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