Never Let Me Go

What I want to do now is get a few things down about Ruth,

"is get", it seems strange to me.

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    What I want to do now is (run / fight / eat / sleep / walk / read). That's what I want to do now. The use of get down here is probably used for recording something. (Writing it down.) Oct 27, 2018 at 3:58
  • As a side, is it "get things down" or "get things done"?
    – dan
    Oct 27, 2018 at 4:08

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There is a verb do in the clause "What I want to do now", so you can omit the infinitive marker to.

It is also correct to say:

What I want to do now is to get things down about Ruth

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    You're right that the do is significant, but you do not explain why. I think it is because "do" is a pro-verb, that stands for a verb. So the first part presents a template with "to" and a pro-verb, so if you provide a bare verb in the second part ("get") it replaces the pro-verb in the template "to [verb]". If you don't use "do", then there is no template for a bare verb to be slotted into, so "*What I want now is get things down about Ruth" doesn't work.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 28, 2018 at 9:25

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