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    anything but

    She didn't do anything but cry
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    She didn't do anything but cried
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    Re: anything but

    I think only the second version is grammatical.

    EDIT: She did what? She did nothing except she did cry.

    She did nothing but (she did) cry.
    The first is correct too.
    Last edited by svartnik; 13-Jun-2009 at 09:53.

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    Re: anything but

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    she didn't do anything but cry.
    Or
    she didn't do anything but cried


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    Re: anything but

    She did not do anything but (she) cried.

    The second one is definitely correct.

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    #5

    Re: anything but

    I think we use "crying".

    She did not do anything but crying.

    and I agree with Svartnik that "cried" is correct.


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    Re: anything but

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    I think we use "crying".

    She did not do anything but crying.
    "but" can be conceived as either a conjunction or a preposition in the sentence.

    If regarded as a conjunction, then what follows is an ellipted subordinate clause:

    She did nothing but (she) cried.

    She did nothing but (she did) cry.

    She did nothing but (she was) crying -- not correct ellipsis; besides, the sentence lacks symmetry

    She did nothing but (she did) crying -- she did what? crying - we do not say we do crying.
    Last edited by svartnik; 13-Jun-2009 at 07:13.

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    #7

    Re: anything but

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    She didn't do anything but cry
    or
    She didn't do anything but cried
    ?
    I am neither a teacher nor good at grammar... but... I would say:

    She did not do anything but cry.
    She did not do anything, but (nevertheless, even so) she cried.


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    Re: anything but

    If we put a question whose answer is this sentence, what shall it be?

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    #9

    Re: anything but

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I am neither a teacher nor good at grammar... but... I would say:

    She did not do anything but cry.
    She did not do anything, but (nevertheless, even so) she cried.

    You are on the right track. You need the comma after "anything", and you need the second "she".
    'She didn't do anything, but she cried.' grammatically
    But this sentence is different than "She didn't do anything but cry." Do you know the difference between the two sentences?

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    #10

    Re: anything but

    Oh yes,
    The most suitable one I think now is "cry".

    Why?

    She did not do anything but cry.
    We shall remove the two negations.
    then remove do and but
    She did cry. (which equals she cried)

    So, both cry and cried are true, but cry are more suitable.

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