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    #1

    Cool 'to' or no 'to'

    Hi,

    Which one is correct?

    They help their mother take the trash out.

    or

    They help their mother to take the trash out.

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    #2

    Re: 'to' or no 'to'

    Both.

    Last edited by Soup; 22-May-2008 at 14:14.

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    #3

    Re: 'to' or no 'to'

    I get the impression that some users make a tiny distinction. In the case without "to", 'they' could be just holding the door open, taking the bin lid off, and so on. If 'they help their mother to take the trash out' they actually carry boxes. I wouldn't say this is always and undebatably part of the meaning, but I think you can use "to" to emphasize someone's involvement in the help given - the actual work.

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