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I never wanted anything except to be a successful person.

I never wanted to do anything except be a successful person.

Which form of the verb is possible after except: [ do - to do - doing ] ? And when each one is used?

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All three are possible

I never wanted anything except be a successful person.
I never wanted anything except to be a successful person.
I never wanted anything except being a successful person.

They all mean the same, it's only stylistically different.

  • Thank you. Did you notice the two sentences are structurally different? – Rose Feb 1 '17 at 5:25

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