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    Question about "with"

    With the magazine ___________ us, we will improve our language skills a lot.

    A. helping B. to help

    Which one do you think is right for the sentence? The answer is B. Isn't A ok? Thanks for your help!

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    Re: about "with"

    As an NES, but not an English specialist:

    I would personally be happy using either, but a specialist may disagree.

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    Re: about "with"

    As a native speaker I think both forms of the infinitive are fine here. I'd be inclined to use "to help" myself, but would never say the other form is wrong.

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    Re: about "with"

    "Helping" suggests that the action has already started and is ongoing. "To help" works better with the future "will" in the rest of the sentence.

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    Re: about "with"

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    As a native speaker I think both forms of the infinitive are fine here.
    I wouldn't call 'helping' a form of the infinitive.

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    Re: about "with"

    I agree that "helping" sounds as if it is already happening. "To help" suggests "available to help if necessary".

    My laptop came with an instruction manual. I have never used it. However, with my instruction manual to help me, I would be able to fix most problems.
    I'm not tall enough to put all the tins in the cupboard, but with my tall flatmate to help me, the shopping is all put away quite fast.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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