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yuriya

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In 1937 women didn't normally do things like fly for the Coast Guard.

Would it be wrong to use like flying instead of "like fly" in the above sentence? Thanks in advance!
 

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"Flying" actually sounds better to me in the sentence.
 

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It has to be fly.

Take out 'do things like' to see the basic sentence.

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"Flying" actually sounds better to me in the sentence.

It has to be fly.

Take out 'do things like' to see the basic sentence.

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In 1937 women didn't normally do things like fly for the Coast Guard.

When I came across the sentence above, I was reminded of the preposition except or but. Consider the following:

He did nothing but sleep.
He had no choice but to sleep.
He is not good at anything except sleeping.

As you can see what follows the preposition but depends on what precedes the preposition but.

Does the preposition like follow the similar pattern (do things like fly) or is it better to be followed by gerund, which is the norm after prepositions except for except, but, save? I'm all ears!
 

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Hi, I think both are right.
"flying for .." is a concrete instance for "things"
When using verb form, I think "fly" should be "to fly".
"to fly for ..." is a concrete instance for "do things".
That's only the thought of an English beginner.
Thank you !
 
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