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    I'd go for 'useful' rather than helpful- people can be helpful, tools are useful.

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    Re:
    • It is helpful to use more than one example in an explanation.

    (It is helpful to whom? It is helpful to the learner.) That is indeed the right way to put it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd go for 'useful' rather than helpful- people can be helpful, tools are useful.
    I would too. :wink:

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    And how can you explain:
    1. A shovel is helpful for digging up treasure.
    or this sentence
    2. A shovel is helpful to dig up a treasure.
    sound both very logical.

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    I would say a shovel is useful for digging up treasure. However, I don't know how to explain why I use for instead of to. :(

    (I wouldn't use helpful for an inanimate object, because help implies something more active than use.)

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    And how can you explain:
    1. A shovel is helpful for digging up treasure.
    or this sentence
    2. A shovel is helpful to dig up a treasure.
    sound both very logical.
    I have thought about this some more. The difference in usage seems to be that "helpful to" is used before a person, people, or other agents, whereas "helpful for" is used before conditions, processes, activities, etc. Check some of the contrasting uses here:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...=Google+Search

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    Mike, your link didn't work.

    :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Mike, your link didn't work.

    :(
    Hmmm. I just tried it and it worked for me.

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    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Mike, your link didn't work.

    :(
    Have you tried it again? Perhaps Google burped. :?

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