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simon1234

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Hi there,

Any difference between 'help sb to do' and 'help sb in doing' the following two sentences?

1. Mary helps me to finish my assignment.
2. Mary helps me in finishing my assignment.

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Mary helped me finish or Mary is helping me finish sounds better

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Hi there,
Tks a lot.

Any suggestions from native speakers?

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Hi,
When you use "Mary helps me" it sounds as though she does this all the time.


Every day, I work on my assignment by myself first, and then Mary comes and helps me finish it.


Philadelphia is correct in suggesting that "Mary helped me" (once or more than once in the past) or "Mary is helping me" (she is doing it right now) are probably better choices.
 

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hi there,

Tks a lot.

How about this?

Mary helps me in finishing my assignment.

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I wouldn't say it that way.

It is not grammatically wrong (I believe) but I would use it for a one-time event, not a daily, recurring event.

She was so helpful in finishing the assignment.
 

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Hi there,
Tks a lot.
Does 'She was so helpful in finishing the assignment.' mean that a fact in the past?

AND

Does 'Mary helps me in finishing my assignment.' suggest a one-time event, not a daily, recurring event?

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Hi there,

Any difference between 'help sb to do' and 'help sb in doing' the following two sentences?

1. Mary helps me to finish my assignment. verb
2. Mary helps me in finishing my assignment. noun
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Saying "Mary helps me" in the simple present implies it's a recurring event.
 
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