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Reply Thu 16 Mar, 2017 01:45 am
For example: "All she does is sleep every day!"
What is the name of the grammar structure? Why do we omit 'to' before the verb? Why can't we use a noun or gerund after 'do'? Many thanks.
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Reply Thu 16 Mar, 2017 08:22 am
@starlighter,
All she does is sleep every day!"

(all she does) / is / sleep

noun phrase / linking verb / predicate
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Reply Tue 11 Apr, 2017 11:36 am
@starlighter,
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For example: "All she does is sleep every day!"

1.What is the name of the grammar structure?
2. Why do we omit 'to' before the verb?
3.Why can't we use a noun or gerund after 'do'? Many thanks.


2. Because it is not an infinitive --> She sleeps every day.

3. Because the present simple describes an habitual or a routine event.

I eat oatmeal every morning. I go to bed at 10.
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