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What are the correct tenses to use in the following sentence between gerund and infinitive?

What I do at this point is ____ home and _____ dinner.

Should I write:

  • What I do at this point is going home and having dinner
  • What I do at this point is go home and have dinner
  • What I do at this point is going home and have dinner
  • What I do at this point is go home and having dinner

If not clear enough, the specific concern of the question is: after the form "What I do at this point is…" what is the correct tense to use, gerund or infinitive? And then in the following "and" clause, what is the correct tense to use, gerund or infinitive?

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Best Answer

All of your sentences are incorrect. Usage of "What I do is" not right. It is usually used in verbal mannerisms and is colloquial. Best usage of "What I do is" would be in this way, "What I do is none of your business." or "What I do is important but what I say is." I hope you understood this context.

Coming to your query, if you are trying to use sentences to describe your daily chores, routine or a pattern then you can use the following:

  1. At this point I usually go home and have dinner.
  2. At this point, I am supposed to be going home for dinner.

Let me know if you have any queries.

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