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What can I do to the following sentence, which one I should choose, and can I delete the I in the sentence?

the best thing I ever did/done in 2018 was/is (I) came to USA

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The Simple Past, as used below, is idiomatic and common among American and British English speakers

  1. Coming to the USA was the best thing I ever did

The definite article "the" is always required whenever we speak about the United States of America even when it is abbreviated (the USA also the US). By saying "I ever did" the speaker is referring to their entire lifetime.

The Present Perfect could also be used but the auxiliary have is necessary to construct the phrase correctly.

  1. The best thing I have ever done was come to the USA

After expressions such as "have ever done" and "all I did" the verb that follows can be in the bare infinitive (without "to") or to-infinitive.

  1. All I did was come to the USA (completely different meaning)

  2. The best thing I ever did was to come to the USA

If nominating a year is essential then eliminate "ever" and instead say

  1. The best thing I did in 2018 was to come to the USA
  2. Coming to the US was the best thing I did in 2018
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Except for the unidiomatic combination of ever ... in 2018 your sentence is grammatical and idiomatic; it is in a conversational, not a formal, register.

Perhaps you meant to say the following?

The best thing I ever did is, I came to the USA in 2018.

ever means "throughout all time" or "in my entire life", so it can't be coupled with a phrase that runs counter to that meaning.

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  • Nice answer. In addition, I think the following are common, grammatical, idiomatic, and close to the OP's referent utterance: The best thing I ever did was [to] come to the USA in 2018; Coming to the USA in 2018 was the best thing I ever did. Ever is almost always frustrating for ELs, because, at least for one thing, it has two major meanings: at any time, and at all times. One natural inclination is to use it like Q: Did you ever visit Japan? A: Yes, I ever visited Japan. (Substitute for "once".) – Jim Reynolds Mar 8 '19 at 3:37
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Logically, 'ever' and 'in 2018' don't go together. So you should pick only one of them. And I think it's redundant to repeat "I" as in "I came..." because you already said "I did" at the outset.

So you can choose any one of these:

The best thing I did in 2008 was come to the U.S.

The best thing I ever did was come to the U.S. (in 2018.)

The best thing I've ever done is come to the U.S. (in 2018.)

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  • It should be to come to, not just come to. – Christoffer Hammarström Feb 4 '19 at 14:51
  • @ChristofferHammarström No, the default form is come to. – JK2 Feb 5 '19 at 3:19
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Saying something like "I ever did" and then narrowing it down to a year doesn't make much sense. Instead, you could say something like, "The best thing I did in 2018 was I came to the USA"

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What is the "thing" that you did? The "thing" is "coming to USA" not "I came to..."

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