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    #1

    Can be of /Can ?

    Could you please tell me if there is any difference between the two following sentences:
    1. That can be of help putting these skills into practice.
    2. That can help put these skills into practice.
    The #1 is correct but I'm not sure about the #2 which is mine.
    Is "help" in the #1 noun? If so can I change the sentence to "That can be of help to put these skills into practice" with the same meaning?
    Thank you so much!

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    #2

    Re: Can be of /Can ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Could you please tell me if there is any difference between the two following sentences:
    1. That can be of help putting these skills into practice.
    2. That can help put these skills into practice.
    The #1 is correct but I'm not sure about the #2 which is mine.
    Is "help" in the #1 noun? If so can I change the sentence to "That can be of help to put these skills into practice" with the same meaning?
    When 'help' is used as a noun with 'be of' (as in #1), it is normally followed by 'in' or 'with'. It is not normally followed by an infinitive.
    When it is a verb (as in #2) it can be followed by a bare infinitive or a to-infinitive. So:

    That can be of help in putting these skills into practice.
    That can be of help with putting these skills into practice.
    That can help put these skills into practice.
    That can help to put these skills into practice.

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    #3

    Re: Can be of /Can ?

    Thank you so much! However the #1 is not incorrect grammatically?

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    #4

    Re: Can be of /Can ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Thank you so much! However the #1 is not incorrect grammatically?
    I don't like it. Let's see what others think.

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