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    help me, help to me

    I know after some verbs we do use preposition but in some case we not.
    e.g. we say, "reply to me", "say to me" but "help me". I wonder why not "help to me".

    Please help me.

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    Re: help me, help to me

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I know after some verbs we do use preposition but in some case we not.
    e.g. we say, "reply to me", "say to me" but "help me". I wonder why not "help to me".

    Please help me.
    Reply to and say to transfer or send information from one point to another point. The verb give is similar; it transfers information (e.g, give me your name) or an object/thing:
    a book (a noun, a thing) is transferred
    Ex: Give the book to Gary.
    Ex: Give Gary the book.

    help (a noun, a thing) is transferred
    Ex: The government gave some 1006 children help.
    Ex: The Government gave help to some 1006 children.
    With the verb help, however, an object isn't transferred or sent from one point to another. The person's energy, that person's help acts. It helps, assists, contributes.

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