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    #1

    Help improve vs Help to improve

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    Studies show that meditation helps improve many different types of conditions, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

    1) Would the sentence be wrong if I add the to? "meditation helps to improve."

    [...]
    Meditation also can improve focus, concentration, creativity, and learning and reasoning skills.

    2) Could I say: "Meditation can also improve..."?


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    Re: Help improve vs Help to improve

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    ad 1) It would be all right. The meaning would not change a bit. You can find this sort of information in any good dictionary or grammar book. For example here help - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com (see right above the meaning #2 (in a yellow bracket)).

    ad 2) You could, although the meaning would be different. It would mean that mediations do not necessarily help, but it is possible that they do.
    Last edited by CarloSsS; 23-May-2012 at 21:48.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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