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    hello everybody

    kindly, what the difference bitween the following sentences:

    1. this book will help you improve your linguistic skills.

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    2. this book will help you to improve your linguistic skills.


    becuase I notice the verb "help" somtimes followed by the preposition "to" and someties is not.[/b]

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    The difference between the two sentences is the word to. Other than that, none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aristotle
    hello everybody

    kindly, what the difference bitween the following sentences:

    1. this book will help you improve your linguistic skills.

    and

    2. this book will help you to improve your linguistic skills.


    becuase I notice the verb "help" somtimes followed by the preposition "to" and someties is not.[/b]
    The verb "help" is one verb that can take either a bare infinitive or a "to" infinitive as a complement. The verb "dare" is another example.

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    What Mike said. :wink:

    Additionally, the to is (with "help" at least), I believe, omitted more often than not. Example:
    • Using this electronic chess tutor will help you improve your chess.

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    One quick addition- after 'can't help' we the gerund- 'I can't help thinking....'

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    One quick addition- after 'can't help' we the gerund- 'I can't help thinking....'
    That's very true -- and very odd.

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    It's designed to keep me in work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's designed to keep me in work.
    And:

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    The reward for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The reward for work.

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