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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    veb patterns: help

    If I paid enough attention in my English language lessons, verb "help" is the one that shouldn't collocate with other verb with "to". Like "let" (Let me do it., e.g.).

    Am I right?? Or can it be connected also with an infinitive (with "to", then)?

    Yesterday I read the following sentence in the introduction of a book (it's called "Is That What You Mean?") written by an English speaking man.
    "Is That What You Mean?" will help you to understand why a mistake is wrong and help you to correct it."

    Why is the "to" used here?

  2. matilda
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    Talking Re: veb patterns: help

    i have never seen this structure
    it MAY be typo if it was written or misspelling if you heard it

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    Re: veb patterns: help

    It's OK:
    Help you understand
    Help you to understand

    They are both used. I am not sure whether the infinitive is more common in BrE- let's wait to see what the AE speakers say.

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    Re: veb patterns: help

    Thank you, Tdol.

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    Re: veb patterns: help

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    If I paid enough attention in my English language lessons, verb "help" is the one that shouldn't collocate with other verb with "to". Like "let" (Let me do it., e.g.).

    Am I right?? Or can it be connected also with an infinitive (with "to", then)?

    Yesterday I read the following sentence in the introduction of a book (it's called "Is That What You Mean?") written by an English speaking man.
    "Is That What You Mean?" will help you to understand why a mistake is wrong and help you to correct it."

    Why is the "to" used here?
    In all the cases I can think of, "help" takes either the bare or to infinitive.
    I think the bare form is more common in AE.

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