- I'm self-employed, I do a mixture of everything that I can

mathias

Member
FRANCE
I met this statement while reading an American speaker's interview:

- I'm self-employed, I do a mixture of everything that I can to survive.

I was taught that I must never use "to" after modals:
can, could, may, might, must shall, should, will, would. Can anybody tell me why "to" is used in this sentence? Thank you in advance for your explanation.
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi Mathias

    The to here means "in order to"

    I do everything that I can [do].
    I do everything that I can [do] in order to survive.
    I do everything that I can [do] to survive.
    I do everything that I can to survive.
     
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