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    Infinitive or -ING form?

    Hello everyone!
    I've just come across two sentences (written by native speakers) which, according to my knowledge of the English grammar, sound incorrect (but probably aren't):

    1) Did you do anything else at the party besides drink?
    2) I'm going to do absolutely nothing at all apart from lie on the sofa.

    Personally, I would have used the -ing form after besides and apart form.

    Can anyone please let me know whether or not the above sentences are correct?

    Thank you very much!

    Wace

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    Re: Infinitive or -ING form?

    ...my knowledge of English grammar ( sorry... no article)

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    Re: Infinitive or -ING form?

    I think I've worked it out myself by googling around for the last ten minutes and these are two more examples from native speakers ( which probalby suggests that the infinitive IS possible after BESIDES and APART FROM ...though, personally, I'd stick to the -ING form)

    1) Did Hitler do anything for Germany apart from give them a bad reputation?
    2) What did he do besides cry Eureka?

    Any further comments from native speakers would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Wace

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    Re: Infinitive or -ING form?

    1) Did you do anything else besides drink?
    2) I'm going to do absolutely nothing at all apart from lie on the sofa.

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    Is it beside or besides?

    Use beside to mean

    (1) at the side of (sit beside me);
    (2) to compare with (beside other studies); or
    (3) apart from (thatís beside the point).


    Use besides to mean

    (1) furthermore (Besides, I said so.);
    (2) in addition to (and elm and maple trees besides); or
    (3) otherwise (Thereís no one here besides Bill and me.).

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    Re: Infinitive or -ING form?

    Thank you Soup.
    I suppose your writing do and drink in green was to let me know that the second infinitive should chime with the first one. Right?
    Thank you for providing me with a few examples on the difference between the preposition beside and the adverb besides, but you really needn't have. I daresay any self-respecting teacher ought to know the difference or they would be earning their salary undeservedly....
    What I was hoping you would provide me with, however, was the answer to my very simple question: would the -ing form be incorrect?

    1) What else did you do at the party besides drink/drinking ?

    Thanks again!

    Wace

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