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    When to use "to help to reinforce" / "to help reinforce"

    Which is best to use "to help to reinforce" or "to help reinforce"?

    For example:
    "I help to reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises"
    or
    "I help reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises"

    I am a native English speaker, teaching some business English in China, but am not familiar with the differences between these two forms.

    Can anyone help?

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    Re: When to use "to help to reinforce" / "to help reinforce"

    Quote Originally Posted by websorg View Post
    Which is best to use "to help to reinforce" or "to help reinforce"?

    For example:
    "I help to reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises"
    or
    "I help reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises"

    I am a native English speaker, teaching some business English in China, but am not familiar with the differences between these two forms.

    Can anyone help?
    Welcome!

    I wouldn't use either. I would just say 'I reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises.'

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    Re: When to use "to help to reinforce" / "to help reinforce"

    Quote Originally Posted by websorg View Post
    Which is best to use "to help to reinforce" or "to help reinforce"?

    For example:
    "I help to reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises"
    or
    "I help reinforce my learning by repeating the exercises"
    If your question is 'help verb' vs 'help to verb', I suggest you omit the "to". It serves no useful purpose, and in some sentences adding "to" can change the meaning or make the meaning unclear.


    1) He helps me pass the time. (= He helps make my idle time go more quickly.)


    2) He helps me to pass the time. (suggests that he helps me do things because he wants to make his idle time go more quickly)

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