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    "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Hello,

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    The graduate student had nothing in mind except ____ in his thesis.
    (A) finishing (B) finish (C) finished (D) to finish

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    The given answer is (D), but what about (B)?



    I would like to have native English speakers' comments.
    Thank you.


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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Are you sure the 'in' is meant to be there - except ____ in his thesis - or is it a typo?

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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Are you sure the 'in' is meant to be there - except ____ in his thesis - or is it a typo?
    It must be a typo. It sounds very strange to my ear with in.

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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Sorry! I am not sure. Actually, I saw this test question on another forum.
    (The poster on another forum is off line at this time being.)
    I just copied it and pasted it here.


    Thanks.


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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    The graduate student had nothing in mind except ____ his thesis.
    (A) finishing (B) finish (C) finished (D) to finish
    --------
    The given answer is (D), but what about (B)?


    Let's assume it's a typo. The issue then, is, infinitive 'to finish'; or gerund 'finishing'.
    This is not a 'rule of thumb' type-sentence, but a specific.
    Hence, the correct answer is (A).

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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The graduate student had nothing in mind except ____ his thesis.
    (A) finishing (B) finish (C) finished (D) to finish
    --------
    The given answer is (D), but what about (B)?


    Let's assume it's a typo. The issue then, is, infinitive 'to finish'; or gerund 'finishing'.
    This is not a 'rule of thumb' type-sentence, but a specific.
    Hence, the correct answer is (A).
    Does that mean that (D) is incorrect?

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    Cool Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    Does that mean that (D) is incorrect?
    The correct answer is D. If you had applied the verb do before except, you might have chosen answer B as being correct.


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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    The correct answer is D. If you had applied the verb do before except, you might have chosen answer B as being correct.

    Do you mean: The graduate student had nothing to do except finish his thesis.

    Actually, I think both (A) and (D) are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    Do you mean: The graduate student had nothing to do except finish his thesis. That's it!

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    Re: "except do something" vs "except to do something"

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Hello,

    -------
    The graduate student had nothing in mind except ____ in his thesis.
    (A) finishing (B) finish (C) finished (D) to finish

    --------
    The given answer is (D), but what about (B)?



    I would like to have native English speakers' comments.
    Thank you.
    None is right. The right answer is turn. You can't finish in a thesis, but you can turn in a thesis.

    As people above have said, in might be a mistake. In that case, I like A better than D. Both are good grammar, but D is slightly awkward.

    Finishing is a gerund, a verb turned into a noun. A noun is called for here.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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