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    helping to keep/help to keep

    Its insurance arm is also a huge holder of Japanese government bonds, indirectly helping to keep interest rates low on Japan's mountain of sovereign debt, while its postal service is a political asset that employs more than 200,000 people.
    More:Japan govt aims to list Japan Post in three years | Reuters
    Can I replace the bold phrase by the following?
    "indirectly help to keep interest rates low on Japan's mountain of sovereign debt"
    Is there any grammar rule related to it?



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    Re: helping to keep/help to keep

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post

    Can I replace the bold phrase by the following?
    "indirectly help to keep interest rates low on Japan's mountain of sovereign debt" No
    Is there any grammar rule related to it?
    A participial phrase is what is required here, not a finite verb without a subjct.

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    Re: helping to keep/help to keep

    Well, thank you!
    I have searched the phrase "participial phrase" and found a great site discussing about this. It is here:The Participle Phrase

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