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    #1

    Smile a missing "to"?

    Dear teachers and friends...

    in this sentence:

    Thank you! Every message you report helps SpamGuard perform better.

    I think there should be a "to" before "perform". Am I mistaken or is this one more among thousands of BrE and AmE differences?

    Thanks for your time.

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    #2

    Re: a missing "to"?

    Even in BE it is often omitted. It's like French aimer / aimer ŕ, and écouter / écouter de... the verb can now take either direct or indirect objects.

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    Re: a missing "to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Even in BE it is often omitted. It's like French aimer / aimer ŕ, and écouter / écouter de... the verb can now take either direct or indirect objects.
    Thank you very much for replying, but...

    Why "Even"?

    Kidding, never mind!

    Thanks


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    Re: a missing "to"?

    When the verb "help" takea an infinitive for a direct object (with or without an intervening noun as another subject of the object verb), the infinitive can occur with or without the preceding marker "to." Either way, it's standard English. But in the passive, the "to" must be present: "Spamguard was helped TO perform better by your report" is good English; "Spamguard was helped perform better" is not.

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    Smile Re: a missing "to"?

    Thank you, very much appreciated, but I have to tell that that went straight over my head, but it's OK, I am not used to learn English by following rules.
    Thank you guys.

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