2. I tried to help Mary solve a math problem by giving some hints, but she couldn't find a solution.
Between the the sentences above, which would be better? Is #1 okay? NO
or is "try to" necessary like #2?
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Hi teachers!
I'd like to make sure the use of "help" as a verb.
1. I helped Mary solve a math problem by giving some hints, but she couldn't find a solution.
2. I tried to help Mary solve a math problem by giving some hints, but she couldn't find a solution.
Between the the sentences above, which would be better? Is #1 okay? or is "try to" necessary like #2?
Thank you
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2. I tried to help Mary solve a math problem by giving some hints, but she couldn't find a solution.
Between the the sentences above, which would be better? Is #1 okay? NO
or is "try to" necessary like #2?
Since Mary didn't solve the math problem, you didn't help her do it, but you did try to help her solve the math problem. If, for example, Mary had been moving and you took some things out of the old place or into the new place, then (assuming Mary did move) you could say you helped her move.
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