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    did well to help

    1) Tim did well to help John.
    2) Tim did well helping John.
    3) Tim did well, helping John.
    4) Tim did well in helping John.

    Which mean:
    a) Tim did a good thing to help John
    and which mean:
    b) Tim helped John in a good way.


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    Re: did well to help

    The reader will need more context to decide. Writers who hope to be understood include enough information in their sentences to make ambiguity unlikely.
    I am not a teacher.

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