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    need help (doing/in dong/to do)?

    I've learned the usage of the word "need". When using with subject of person, it follows by a infinitive. If the subject is a stuff, then it follows by a gerund.

    somebody + need + to do
    something + need + doing

    But when it comes to "need help + verb" like the title described, witch one is right, and why?

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    Re: need help (doing/in dong/to do)?

    Please write complete sentences for us to consider.

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    Re: need help (doing/in dong/to do)?

    Thanks for quick reply!

    The whole sentence is here "Now that we're all on the same page, enable USB debugging on your device (see your devices manual if you need help finding it, and remember it was hidden in Android 4.2), and plug it in to your computer."

    If the sentence is right, dose it conflict with this one(somebody + need + to do)? or can I say it like "if you need help in finding it" or "if you need help to find it"? Why?

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    Re: need help (doing/in dong/to do)?

    Quote Originally Posted by preachers View Post
    I've learned the usage of the word "need". When using with subject of person, it follows by a infinitive. If the subject is a stuff, then it follows by a gerund. [That's ungrammatical and doesn't make much sense.]

    somebody + need + to do
    something + need + doing

    But when it comes to "need help + verb" like the title described, which one is right, and why?
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    Re: need help (doing/in dong/to do)?

    Quote Originally Posted by preachers View Post
    Thanks for your/the quick reply!

    The whole sentence is here "Now that we're all on the same page, enable USB debugging on your device (see your device's manualif you need help finding it, and remember it was hidden in Android 4.2), and plug it in to your computer."

    If the sentence is right, dose it conflict with this one (somebody + need + to do)? or can I say it like "if you need help in finding it" or "if you need help to find it"? Why?
    The original is correct; your two versions are not.

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