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Hello,

Which verb should I use in the sentence "all he's done was [gone/go/goes/went] to consol her"?

I feel tempted to write "gone" to match it with "done" but I'm unsure of myself.

Thank you very much.

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Eren8hisfatherWhich verb should I use in the sentence "all he's done was [gone/go/goes/went] to consol her"?

I am not sure what you mean. My guess is "All he's done has been console her."

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Or

All he's done has been (to) go to console her.

The anonymous suggestion above is better. You don't need the 'to go' part.

(Note the final 'e' on 'console'.)

CJ

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Thank you califJim for your answer,

I meant the parallel structure, for example, do I use "sleep" or "slept" in this sentence "all he has done was sleep/slept"? I feel hesitant to use "sleep" as it isn't parallel to "done", but "slept" doesn't sound very nature.

In the end I'll stick to the infinitive because I remember we do say "all she does is sleep" as we rephrase it as "all she does is she does sleep", but I guess the "has" in my sentence tricked me into rephrasing it as "all he has done was he has slept", but I'll be more careful next time. "Sleep" it is then.

Have a nice day!

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Eren8hisfather"Sleep" it is then.

Correct.

We echo 'doing' with VERB+ing:

All he is doing is sleeping.
All he has been doing is sleeping.

But we echo any other form of do with '(to) VERB', where 'to' is optional. (Personally, I hardly ever use the 'to' in this construction.)

All he will do is sleep. / The only thing he does is to sleep.
All he has done is sleep. / All he has done is to sleep.

CJ