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    help me carry

    When a teacher asks his pupil to carry books for him, can he say, "Please help me by carrying these books" ? In Singapore, a teacher will say, "Please help me carry these books."

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: help me carry

    Either would be fine, though the second one is probably more common.

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    Re: help me carry

    Hi Anglika

    Just to confirm. Are you referring to "Please help me carry these books" ? But I understand that "help me carry" means that the teacher has to carry the books, but in Singapore, the teacher will let the student carry all the books.

    I feel that the question should be "Please help me by carrying the books." I'm not saying I'm correct, but I would like to seek your confirmation.

    I hope you do not mind my asking the same question again.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: help me carry

    In the UK, I think the teacher would share the load, in which case I'd use the second. I'd use the first to get them to carry everything.

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    Re: help me carry

    Thanks, Tdol. I don't know the teachers in Singapore make such a mistake.

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