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    "help" in the passive

    I've read that:
    "The verbs hear, see, make and help are followed by the to-infinitive in the passive"

    I heard him cry.
    He was heard to cry.

    (but: I heard him crying ---> He was heard crying)

    I've never seen an example with help in the passive.
    Should it look like that:

    I helped Tom (to) draw a cat.
    Tom was helped to draw a cat.

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    Re: "help" in the passive

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    I've read that:
    "The verbs hear, see, make and help are followed by the to-infinitive in the passive"

    I heard him cry.
    He was heard to cry.

    (but: I heard him crying ---> He was heard crying)

    I've never seen an example with help in the passive.
    Should it look like that:

    I helped Tom (to) draw a cat.
    Tom was helped to draw a cat.
    Yes, but it would be an uncommon sentence, and obviously the 'I' has been left out, so it doesn't mean the same thing.
    A teacher would not say, "You've been helped with this homework, haven't you?". They would say, "Someone helped you ..."

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