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    help sb in doing sth

    To help people in treating their problems may mean even to help them define their problem and select a strategy at stages where so far they are left alone by formalized services which require as a starting point a rather late stage of the process where the person in the need state consciously takes an action.

    The sentence above comes from the British National Corpus. My question is:
    Is 'help sb in doing sth' a good structure to use? If so, what's the difference between 'help sb in doing sth' and 'help sb (to) do sth'?

    Thank you in advance.


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    Re: help sb in doing sth

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    To help people in treating their problems may mean even to help them define their problem and select a strategy at stages where so far they are left alone by formalized services which require as a starting point a rather late stage of the process where the person in the need state consciously takes an action.

    The sentence above comes from the British National Corpus. My question is:
    Is 'help sb in doing sth' a good structure to use? If so, what's the difference between 'help sb in doing sth' and 'help sb (to) do sth'?

    Thank you in advance.
    I don't know the difference.
    I think "help sb do sth" and "help sb with sth" are more common.
    Note they both end up with noun.

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    Re: help sb in doing sth

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    To help people in treating their problems may mean even to help them define their problem and select a strategy at stages where so far they are left alone by formalized services which require as a starting point a rather late stage of the process where the person in the need state consciously takes an action.

    The sentence above comes from the British National Corpus. My question is:
    Is 'help sb in doing sth' a good structure to use? If so, what's the difference between 'help sb in doing sth' and 'help sb (to) do sth'?

    Thank you in advance.
    There's no significant difference. It's just an issue of style.

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