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