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    help me do/to do something

    Hello
    Which one is correct.
    It help me do something
    It help me to do something.

    Thanks

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    Re: help me do/to do something

    "help" is a catenative verb with which the infinitive marker is optional.

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    Re: help me do/to do something

    so both are correct?

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    Re: help me do/to do something

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    so both are correct?
    As I already said, 'to' is optional. Yes, both are equally fine.

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    Re: help me do/to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Hello
    Which one is correct.
    It help me do something
    It help me to do something.

    Thanks
    Hi!

    It helps me do something.

    It helped me do something.

    Help is a causative verb and the following verb should be short infinitive.
    As for the passive voice, you should say:

    I was helped to do something.

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    Exclamation Re: help me do/to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi!

    It helps me do something.

    It helped me do something.

    Help is a causative verb and the following verb should be short infinitive.
    As for the passive voice, you should say:

    I was helped to do something.
    I agree. The first and second cases are examples of causative construction and ‘help’ functions as causative verb followid by an agent(me), So the action verb 'do' should be a bare infinitive(without to).
    A verb--such as keep, promise, want, seem, and many others--that can link with other verbs to form a chain or series, is called a catenative verb; as:
    I want to try to remember to use that website.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 30-May-2010 at 05:09.

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