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    “I found it very irritating

    “I found it very irritating. It is almost like they are saying, ‘Yes, now that you’ve won, let’s talk about the serious thing.’ But, it helped me motivate myself more. I wanted to retain my title. I was sick of giving it up after a year.”

    I guess above sentence should be as

    “I found it very irritating. It is almost like they are saying, ‘Yes, now that you’ve won, let’s talk about the serious thing.’ But, it helped me to motivate myself more. I wanted to retain my title. I was sick of giving it up after a year.”

    Seeking your opinion.

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    #2

    Re: “I found it very irritating

    The to is correct but purely optional. Its absence is equally correct.

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    #3

    Re: “I found it very irritating

    Why is it so?

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    Re: “I found it very irritating

    Verbs of perception — hear, see, watch — and a handful of other verbs — need, help, let, and make — will take what is called the bare infinitive, an infinitive without the particle "to."
    (Casiopea, 18 Nov 2004)

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    Re: “I found it very irritating

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Why is it so?
    I am not sure if there is a good answer to "why". "Help" and some other verbs can take a "bare" (no "to") infinitive.

    See more here: The Infinitive

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    Re: “I found it very irritating

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Why is it so?
    Good question. Honestly, I don't know.

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    Re: “I found it very irritating

    When I was at school over half a century ago, we had to use a to- infinitive after HELP. Dropping the to was regarded as a barbarous American usage. I think that insular pedantry was outdated even then. HELP is one of the rare verbs that can be be followed in BrE today by a bare infinitive or a to- infinitive,

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    #8
    I went through a sentence like above written below,
    " Luckily Arun went to a different school, a play school that was closer home and his timings too were different. So for the whole day at school I was free of Arun."

    I think it should be,
    " Luckily Arun went to a different school, a play school that was closer to home and his timings too were different. So for the whole day at school I was free of Arun."

    Any correction?

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    Re: “I found it very irritating

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    I went through a sentence like above written below,
    " Luckily Arun went to a different school, a play school that was closer home and his timings too were different. So for the whole day at school I was free of Arun."

    I think it should be,
    " Luckily Arun went to a different school, a play school that was closer to home and his timings too were different. So for the whole day at school I was free of Arun."

    Any correction?
    You are correct that the "to" is needed there. This is not an infinitive "to", it is a preposition. I would change "timings too were" to "schedule was also".

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    Re: “I found it very irritating

    Compare:

    His new play school is near home. It is nearer home than his old one.
    His new play school is close to home. It is closer to home than his old one.

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