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Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)

Yes, 'but' can be followed by an infinitive without 'to', when 'but' means 'except', for example, 'We did nothing but read the book', or 'There is nothing to do but take a rest'.You can say 'I can't (help) but laugh', instead of 'I can't help laughing'. However, 'no choice/alternative' can be followed by the 'to'-infinitive, so you say 'I have no choice but to quit'.You need to use the 'to'-infinitive when 'but' doesn't mean 'except', for instance, 'Our goal isn't to pass the quize, but to be…See More
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SNR commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
"Ooopppsss yes i meant loquacious. i was quite unsure about the spelling because do not use this word frequently. Thanks :D"
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Expector Smith commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
"Hi SNR, Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you managed to make the sentences with 'but', and I assume you mean 'loquacious' by 'lucquacious':)"
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SNR commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
"When i get too much bored i do nothing but visit Ec. Even though there are many things to do here and learn i do nothing but chat because i am lucquacious.... Just an example like to learn n do various activities here. :D Thanks a lot for sharing…"
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Expector Smith commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
"Hi rysperski, Thanks for commenting! Yes, 'to' is also a preposition, for example, 'I'm looking forward to hearing from you' or 'I objected to the decision'.  By the way, the infinitive can be used to talk…"
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rysperski commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
" Oi there, folks   Thank you, Spector Smith, for posting this blog as it moves a very important issue concerning infinitive verbs and bare infinitives. This issue seems to frustrate many of those beginning to learn the English…"
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"Hi Rosemary, Thanks for commenting! Yes, so many of our members still miss her!"
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Expector Smith commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
"@Nomi Great! I enjoyed your sentences, which are all grammatically correct except for the first one.Maybe you could rephrase it like this: You made us do nothing but comment (on your blog):) @Ramnord Perfect! "
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Ramnord commented on Expector Smith's blog post Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)
"The house was set on fire, and he could do nothing but run."
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"You left us with nothing but to comment. No one has commented on your blog yet but me. This blog is nothing but informative. Thanks for sharing."
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Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)

Yes, 'but' can be followed by an infinitive without 'to', when 'but' means 'except', for example, 'We did nothing but read the book', or 'There is nothing to do but take a rest'.You can say 'I can't (help) but laugh', instead of 'I can't help laughing'. However, 'no choice/alternative' can be followed by the 'to'-infinitive, so you say 'I have no choice but to quit'.You need to use the 'to'-infinitive when 'but' doesn't mean 'except', for instance, 'Our goal isn't to pass the quize, but to be…See More
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Expector Smith commented on Josef Essberger's blog post MyEnglishClub one of the most successful Ning networks
"Great! I'm glad you all have responded to the questions. You bet Josef will contact the Ning for improvement - your advice or suggestions will help make MyEC perfect or flawless, not just successful! It is all of you who have helped make…"
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Welcome to my page! Do you like the above photos I took when I was travelling in China? And, did you enjoy listening to the music on my wall? I hope so.

I'm not really an English teacher, though I often help learners learn English. I love English, which is a fantastic language and now a global one. I like to write and read blogs. I hope you can check out my blogs below - don't forget to leave your comment there and I'll respond.

I love MyEC. It's a great honour to be a moderator here. I'll do my best to help keep MyEC interesting, friendly and decent. I'd like to thank Josef and Tara for offering me such an opportunity to be a member of the excellent team here.

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