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    please helps vs please help

    Dear teachers,

    I am writing an email to my friend, Jan, who is living in Australia.
    In the email, I am writing this:

    "I want some special things as present to give to Annie? Please help me buy some if you see any."

    I am writing to Jan, but I am not sure whether I should change "Please help me buy some if you see any" to "Please helps me buy some if you see any".

    I am so confused.

    Should I use please helps or please help in this case?

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    Re: please helps vs please help

    "Helps" is incorrect in this sentence.

    I help
    You help
    He/she/it helps
    We help
    They help

    In formal English we would write: "Please help me to buy some if you see any".
    However, it is perfectly OK to omit "to" from this infinitive verb in informal speech and writing.

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