- My dog is so lazy. It can't do anything except eating food.
- My dog is so lazy. It can't do anything except eat food.
Which one is right?
We asked this question in two different forums but we received different answers. Some said #1 is correct and some said #2 is correct. Look at their responses:
A selection of answers taken from WordReference
- No. Except or but is followed by the bare infinitive here @e2efour
- The clue is in the first part of the sentence:
The structure is "they could not except . I suppose, in full, it would be They couldn't do anything except they could blame others. @PaulQ
- Q70. He is not interested in doing anything except watching movies
You see now? Here, "ing" is used instead of bare infinitive. I think it's because of the word "doing" Am I right? (The OP @xiaoen)
- If you say watch, it could mean that he avoids watching movies at all costs.
If you say watching, it means that he is only interested in watching movies. @e2efour
However, in the The Free Dictionary Language Forums > English Grammar, someone else offered the following explanation.
- 'Except' is a preposition.
My dog is so lazy. It can't do anything except eating food
Now we are confused. Which one is correct, and why?