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    Infinitive Usage.

    Hello Teacher.

    My Name is Hector from Argentina.

    Please, Forgive me if I am not sticking to some rules that I should know.

    Recently I was listening to an AudioBook "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", then I herd the following: "I watched you grow up Indy", from my perspective the narrator should have said "I watched you TO grow up Indy" but searching in Google for the pattern "I watched you " plus infinitive I found this very common. I understand that Google doesn't mean purism, but I ended in doubt. Could you help me to understand?.

    Thank you for your help.

    Hector.

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    Re: Infinitive Usage.

    Hi and welcome

    It's a case of bare infinitive, that is an infinitive form without "to". Many verbs, such as help, make, etc. form these sentences.

    Examples:
    He made me do it
    They helped us win


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    Re: Infinitive Usage.

    Mariner,

    Thank you very much. Now it is perflectly clear to me, and I need to practice to incorporte the concept.

    Again, thank you.

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    Re: Infinitive Usage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    Hi and welcome

    It's a case of bare infinitive, that is an infinitive form without "to". Many verbs, such as help, make, etc. form these sentences.

    Examples:
    He made me do it
    They helped us win
    You are correct, but "help" is a verb that can take either form of the infinitive.

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