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except eating /vs./ except eat Options
sb70012
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:31:59 AM

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My dog is so lazy. It can't do anything except eating food. Hahahaha.
My dog is so lazy. It can't do anything except eat food. Hahahaha.

Hello,
Which one is right?

Thank you.



Sorry if I don't thank you more than once. I don't want to bother you by filling up a thread with multiple thank yous.
Víctor Lplz
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:47:43 PM

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Hello,
'Except' is a preposition.
My dog is so lazy. It can't do anything except eating food. Hahahaha.

Regards

thar
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 1:25:10 PM

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I have to disagree.
I will try to explain why.

You have to look at what you are comparing, and match that.

My dog doesn't do anything.

What is the exception?

It does eat.

You are making an exception to the verb.
So, together, the two verbs have to match.
These are both bare infinitives.

It doesn't do anything except eat.


If you were comparing object nouns, it would be a gerund.
He doesn't enjoy anything.
Except?
He enjoys food.
He enjoys eating.
He doesn't enjoy anything except eating.

Does that make sense?
In your sentence, it's the action you are making the exception. A verb,_in the same form as the earlier verb.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 3:00:33 PM

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Let me just say that this is one of those cases where we might expect a divergence between American and British English, but in fact there's no difference at all here.

As usual, Thar's analysis is entirely correct.

"It can't do anything except eat food."

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