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I haven't even started doing what I intended to do.

I haven't even started doing what I intended to.

I haven't even started doing what I intended.

I wonder which one's the correct way of saying it. What if I replace 'doing' with 'to do'? How would that change the sentence?

Thanks.

PBF
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No you can't replace 'to do' with doing because it will be repetition as you already have 'doing' it the sentence

to me first sentence sounds perfect as it makes complete sense...
So the other versions are incorrect. Is that what you meant, Creativeguru?

Thanks

PBF
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I haven't even started doing what I intended to do. Okay, but a bit repetitive.

I haven't even started doing what I intended to. Just fine.

I haven't even started doing what I intended. Okay, but I prefer the one before it. It sounds incomplete.

I haven't even started to do what I intended to do. Very repetitive - not good style.

I haven't even started to do what I intended to. Just fine.

I haven't even started to do what I intended. Okay - somehow better than the "doing" one.

I haven't even started to do what I had intended to have done by now!
Thankyou for your help, Barbara.

I was just wondering if the last sentence you wrote is the most formal. The best perhaps?

Thanks again

PBF
Not more formal, just a difference tense. By noon, I had planned to have completed X, Y, and Z. And not only are they not completed, I haven't even started them.
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I see. They all mean the same thing right? The last version of the sentence and the other ones.

Thanks again

PBF
Pretty much.

Here's how I'd say it: Where has the day gone? I haven't gotten *** done!

(The *** is a substitute for a naughty word that has a lot of meanings and my children aren't allowed to say.)