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    Infinitive / bare infinitive help?

    I saw a grammar book state,

    'Help is often followed by the simple form of a verb, as in (1). Although less common, an infinitive is also possible, as in (2).

    (1) My brother helped me wash my car.
    (2) My brother helped me to wash my car.'


    Another source from Learning English, BBC World Service stated,
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    'Help is a verb that can be used with or without to and with or without an object before the infinitive. When we use it without an infinitive it sometimes sounds more informal. Compare the following:

    Could you help me to look for my car keys? I can't find them anywhere.
    Could you help me look for my car keys? I can't find them anywhere.
    Would you like to help to cook dinner tonight? It's late and I'm feeling tired.
    Would you like to help cook dinner tonight? It's late and I'm feeling tired.'


    Do our teachers agree with the above?

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    Re: Infinitive / bare infinitive help?

    I don't think that the bare infinitive sounds more informal.

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    Re: Infinitive / bare infinitive help?

    And the sentences we are asked to compare don't do anything to show this alleged difference.

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    Re: Infinitive / bare infinitive help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    And the sentences we are asked to compare don't do anything to show this alleged difference.
    Excuse me, Tdol.

    Do you mean sentences just from BBC don’t do anything to show this alleged difference?

    Or both set of sentences, from the grammar book and BBC, don’t do anything to show this alleged difference.
    Last edited by dawnngcm; 09-Nov-2012 at 12:04.

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    Re: Infinitive / bare infinitive help?

    Neither set of sentences does anything to show this alleged difference, in my opinion
    Last edited by 5jj; 21-Sep-2012 at 08:20.

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