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    real verb

    "The dolls helped spread Parisian fashions across Europe."

    What does the actual verb in this sentence? I think the answer is "helped", then why is "spread" there?

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    Re: real verb

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    (1) Would it help you to better the sentence if I respectfully reminded you that "help" is one of those verbs that can be

    followed by either a to-infinitive or by a bare infinitive?

    (a) Thus: The dolls helped [to] spread Parisian fashions across Europe.

    (2) You are, I believe, 100% correct. The sentence is: The dolls = subject; helped = verb.

    (a) Of course, your listener/reader would ask "Helped what?"

    (i) Then you would finish your sentence with a direct object. In this case, the direct object is an infinitive phrase.

    (3) The dolls helped to create many needed jobs. (infinitive phrase)
    The dolls helped the economy. (noun phrase)

    (4) Joe: Parisian fashions have spread all across Europe.

    Mona: Yes, I know. And the dolls have helped to do that. ("that" = to have spread all across Europe.)

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    Re: real verb

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Would it help you to better the sentence if I respectfully reminded you that "help" is one of those verbs that can be

    followed by either a to-infinitive or by a bare infinitive?

    (a) Thus: The dolls helped [to] spread Parisian fashions across Europe.

    (2) You are, I believe, 100% correct. The sentence is: The dolls = subject; helped = verb.

    (a) Of course, your listener/reader would ask "Helped what?"

    (i) Then you would finish your sentence with a direct object. In this case, the direct object is an infinitive phrase.

    (3) The dolls helped to create many needed jobs. (infinitive phrase)
    The dolls helped the economy. (noun phrase)

    (4) Joe: Parisian fashions have spread all across Europe.

    Mona: Yes, I know. And the dolls have helped to do that. ("that" = to have spread all across Europe.)
    Thanks you very much!

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