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    help to/help

    Dear teachers,

    Could you explain me why the verb "to help" is sometimes followed by to+inf. and sometimes only by the infinitive?

    For instance:
    - A firm explains what it wants the government to do to help small companies continue to drive UK's economy.
    - Home tutors can help drop-out students to finish secondary education.

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: help to/help

    Quote Originally Posted by Ochinoam View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you explain me why the verb "to help" is sometimes followed by to+inf. and sometimes only by the infinitive?

    For instance:
    - A firm explains what it wants the government to do to help small companies continue to drive UK's economy.
    - Home tutors can help drop-out students to finish secondary education.

    Thank you very much!
    Unless I'm mistaken, even in the 2nd example the word "to" isn't completely necessary. "Home tutors can help dropout students finish their secondary education" sounds fine to me.

    I would expect the infinitive to come after using the word "help" as a noun, instead of a verb:

    "It's a great help to know that friends are looking after the place."
    "It was a real help to have him here for the week."

    But after help as a verb, I haven't been able to come up with an example where following it with "to" is essential.

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