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    #1

    Help someone to do something ?

    I found this sentence in the book "Headway" : "...,you should help him to find somewhere to live" . Should it be "...,you should help him find somewhere to live" ?
    What about the structure "to help someone to do something" ? As far as I know, the correct form must be "to help someone do something".
    Please help me !
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    #2

    Re: Help someone to do something ?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    As far as I know both versions are correct.
    Can you help me clean the dishes?
    Can you help me to clean the dishes?
    I will enjoy to help you clean the dishes.
    I will enjoy to help you to clean the dishes.


    However, I barey hear such structures as in sentence #2 and #4.
    (So yes,
    "to help someone do something" might be more common.)

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    #3

    Re: Help someone to do something ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post

    As far as I know both versions are correct.

    Can you help me clean the dishes? Correct.
    Can you help me to clean the dishes? Correct.
    I will enjoy helping you clean the dishes. Correct.
    I will enjoy helping you to clean the dishes. Correct.
    Rover

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    #4

    Re: Help someone to do something ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Rover
    Would you please explain why you use helping?

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    #5

    Re: Help someone to do something ?

    It's the gerund, or verbal noun.

    It's used in the same way that you would say 'I enjoy reading poetry'.

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: Help someone to do something ?

    Well, but I would have said, "I enjoy to read poetry".
    Should the gerund be used because of the enjoy?

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    #7

    Re: Help someone to do something ?

    Yes.

    'Enjoy' is not followed by an infinitive.

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