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    Helps me vs Help me?

    Wondering what is the right sentence? Is it...

    "How does Agile helps me?" or "How does Agile help me?" is the correct sentence.

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    You need 'help', the bare infinitive after the auxiliary 'does'.

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    I am not sure it is helpful to explain to bare beginners using terms like 'bare infinitive' and 'auxiliary'.
    I don't think I learned those terms when I started.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Andy:

    I have noticed that many students are very confused regarding the correct form of the verb in questions.

    Please remember that after any form of "do," you must use the so-called "base form" of the verb. The base form is the form of the verb that you look for in a dictionary.

    For example, when you open a dictionary, you look for the word "eat" -- NOT "eats" or "ate" or "eating."

    Another word for the base form is -- as a teacher reminded us -- the "bare infinitive" (the infinitive with NO "to").

    I have made up a few examples for you to study:

    Does Agile live in an apartment?
    Did Agile drink coffee yesterday?
    Does Agile like broccoli?
    Did Agile go to school yesterday?
    Agile does not have a computer.
    Agile did not drive yesterday.

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I am not sure it is helpful to explain to bare beginners using terms like 'bare infinitive' and 'auxiliary'.
    Learners are free to ask about any words they don't understand.
    You are free to add your own gloss if you wish, as TheParser did.

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    I would simply post a link like the one below, but I am not a teacher.
    http://www.grammaring.com/do-does-did-bare-infinitive

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    #7

    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    How does she help me?
    How is she helping me?
    What's the difference between two sentences?

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    How does she help me?
    How is she helping me?
    What's the difference between two sentences?
    The lst is in the simple present tense (regular action) while the second is in the present continuous tense (action happening now).
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    Sorry, I made you confused, tedmc.
    I meant the meaning.

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    #10

    Re: Helps me vs Help me?

    tedmc explained the meaning, in brackets.

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