I have two simple questions:

In the sentence:

"There is no greater thing to do than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you."

Why should we say "follow" and not "following"? As it says "passions" why does "serve" have an "s"?


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Why should we say "follow" and not "following"?

Because "continuous" verbs are effectively adjectives, and a verb is needed in that position. It's an imperative phrase there, "follow your passions"

As it says "passions" why does "serve" have an "s"?

Because the "way" (the method or manner in which you go about your passions) is a singular, and that's what's doing the serving.

  • @Itmauve It seems to me that follow in OP's example is a bare infinitive rather than an imperative. What's more I see no problem with using the gerund construction ..than following your passions.... as an alternative. What I don't follow is your reasoning. Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 21:42

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