這是個很多人會用錯的句型 在表示 ”...所做的就只有/是......” 這樣的句型裡 (All ...... do / did / has done… is /was…...) be 動詞的後面要接原形動詞 比如要用: All I did yesterday was sleep and watch TV. (O) 而不是 All I did yesterday was sleeping and watching TV. (X) 就文法而言, 似乎該在 be 動詞後面用動名詞 (Ving) 但這就是這個句型特殊的地方了 我們再造幾個句子: All you have to do is tell him the truth. All I did was try to help him. All she did was smile at him, and he fell head over heels. (她只對他微微一笑, 就令他神魂顛倒) 現在大家來試試會不會用這個句型翻譯以下的句子: 1. 她所做的事就只有講電話. 2. 你現在所能做的就只有等. 3. 他所能為她做的就只有陪在她身邊. 4. 我正在嘗試要做的就只是幫助他. 5. 他在情人節那天為他太太所做的就只有幫她洗碗.
Answers: 1. All she does is talk on the phone. 2. All you can do now is wait. 3. All he can do for her is keep her company. 4. All I’m trying to do is help him. 5. All he did for his wife on Valentine’s Day was help her with the dishes.