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    "help + infinitive" OR "help to + infinitive"?

    Hi Teachers,

    In one of the forum's older posts, I have read that both variants are correct, but with this remark: "I'm going to leave the explanations to one of the other teachers here."

    Could someone provide an explanation? Is "help" being used somewhat like modal verb here? Everybody seems to be using "help do" now, but is correct - or just acceptable?

    Thanks!
    Sergei

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    Re: "help + infinitive" OR "help to + infinitive"?

    Could you direct me to the 'older' post? I'm having trouble finding it.

  3. sergei
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    Re: "help + infinitive" OR "help to + infinitive"?

    Here are directions to the 'older' post:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...php/t-134.html

    Cheers,
    S

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    Re: "help + infinitive" OR "help to + infinitive"?

    Quote Originally Posted by sergei
    Here are directions to the 'older' post:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...php/t-134.html

    Cheers,
    S
    If you scroll down, you'll find the following response was given for "help to" or "help":

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in New York
    Either form is acceptable. In both cases "clean" is an infinitive. One is a "to" infinitive and the other is a bare infinitive. The verb help takes either.
    EX: help me to clean the house. (OK)
    EX: help me clean the house. (OK)

  5. sergei
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    Re: "help + infinitive" OR "help to + infinitive"?

    Thanks for your reply. I have seen this answer, but I do not find this complete.
    <<<<ither form is acceptable. In both cases "clean" is an infinitive. One is a "to" infinitive and the other is a bare infinitive. The verb help takes either.>>>>
    More and more things are now "acceptable" by the general public, but what is the original rule? Any references (apart fromMike in New York)?

    Anybody?

    Thanks!
    S

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    Re: "help + infinitive" OR "help to + infinitive"?

    Quote Originally Posted by sergei
    Thanks for your reply. I have seen this answer, but I do not find this complete.
    <<<<ither form is acceptable. In both cases "clean" is an infinitive. One is a "to" infinitive and the other is a bare infinitive. The verb help takes either.>>>>
    More and more things are now "acceptable" by the general public, but what is the original rule? Any references (apart from Mike in New York)?

    Anybody?

    Thanks!
    S
    Verbs of perception hear, see, watch and a handful of other verbs need, help, let, and make will take what is called the bare infinitive, an infinitive without the particle "to."

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