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    Question i helped arranged the chairs - why wrong??

    My teacher told me that my sentence:

    I helped arranged the chairs. - is wrong

    she said it should be:

    I helped arrange the chairs. - this is right

    but why is this correct??? if a sentence is in the past tense shouldnt the 'arranged' be in the past tense too? i asked my teacher why but she said i must just follow her answer.

    i want to know why i am wrong. pls help me

    from kylene

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    riverkid is offline Banned
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    Re: i helped arranged the chairs - why wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    My teacher told me that my sentence:

    I helped arranged the chairs. - is wrong

    she said it should be:

    I helped arrange the chairs. - this is right

    but why is this correct??? if a sentence is in the past tense shouldnt the 'arranged' be in the past tense too? i asked my teacher why but she said i must just follow her answer.

    i want to know why i am wrong. pls help me

    from kylene
    Hi Kylene,

    "I helped arrange the chairs" is actually a short version of,

    "I helped to arrange the chairs",

    and after 'to' you don't need any past tense. We only need one past tense to signal that it's finished.

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    Thumbs up Re: i helped arranged the chairs - why wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Hi Kylene,

    "I helped arrange the chairs" is actually a short version of,

    "I helped to arrange the chairs",

    and after 'to' you don't need any past tense. We only need one past tense to signal that it's finished.

    thank you too much, riverkid


    Dhruba

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