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    'special' verbs

    By 'special verbs' I mean verbs which behave like 'help' when followed by some other verb. For example: 'It helps negate (sth sth).'
    Because there are special verbs, there must be also 'regular verbs'. Regular verbs behave like 'have' in this example: 'You have to do this.' 'Have' is followed by a verb, but 'to' is between the verbs.
    So I would really like to know how to figure out when the verb I have to deal with is 'regular' or 'special'. Or maybe should I learn it by heart?

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    Re: 'special' verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    By 'special verbs' I mean verbs which behave like 'help' when followed by some other verb. For example: 'It helps negate (sth sth).'
    Because there are special verbs, there must be also 'regular verbs'. Regular verbs behave like 'have' in this example: 'You have to do this.' 'Have' is followed by a verb, but 'to' is between the verbs.
    So I would really like to know how to figure out when the verb I have to deal with is 'regular' or 'special'. Or maybe should I learn it by heart?
    You are asking about verbs that take a "to infinitive" versus a "bare infinitive". I know of no other way than to listen to the usage of native speakers or memorize lists. There are no rules.

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