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    Hi there,

    Any difference between 'help sb to do' and 'help sb in doing' the following two sentences?

    1. Mary helps me to finish my assignment.
    2. Mary helps me in finishing my assignment.

    tks
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    Re: help

    Mary helped me finish or Mary is helping me finish sounds better

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    Re: help

    Hi there,
    Tks a lot.

    Any suggestions from native speakers?

    tks
    simon

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    Re: help

    Hi,
    When you use "Mary helps me" it sounds as though she does this all the time.


    Every day, I work on my assignment by myself first, and then Mary comes and helps me finish it.


    Philadelphia is correct in suggesting that "Mary helped me" (once or more than once in the past) or "Mary is helping me" (she is doing it right now) are probably better choices.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: help

    hi there,

    Tks a lot.

    How about this?

    Mary helps me in finishing my assignment.

    tks
    simon

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    Re: help

    I wouldn't say it that way.

    It is not grammatically wrong (I believe) but I would use it for a one-time event, not a daily, recurring event.

    She was so helpful in finishing the assignment.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: help

    Hi there,
    Tks a lot.
    Does 'She was so helpful in finishing the assignment.' mean that a fact in the past?

    AND

    Does 'Mary helps me in finishing my assignment.' suggest a one-time event, not a daily, recurring event?

    tks
    simon

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Hi there,

    Any difference between 'help sb to do' and 'help sb in doing' the following two sentences?

    1. Mary helps me to finish my assignment. verb
    2. Mary helps me in finishing my assignment. noun
    tks
    simon
    not a teacher

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    Re: help

    Saying "Mary helps me" in the simple present implies it's a recurring event.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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