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hello everybody

kindly, what the difference bitween the following sentences:

1. this book will help you improve your linguistic skills.

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2. this book will help you to improve your linguistic skills.


becuase I notice the verb "help" somtimes followed by the preposition "to" and someties is not.[/b]
 

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The difference between the two sentences is the word to. Other than that, none.

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aristotle said:
hello everybody

kindly, what the difference bitween the following sentences:

1. this book will help you improve your linguistic skills.

and

2. this book will help you to improve your linguistic skills.


becuase I notice the verb "help" somtimes followed by the preposition "to" and someties is not.[/b]

The verb "help" is one verb that can take either a bare infinitive or a "to" infinitive as a complement. The verb "dare" is another example.
 

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What Mike said. :wink:

Additionally, the to is (with "help" at least), I believe, omitted more often than not. Example:
  • Using this electronic chess tutor will help you improve your chess.
 

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One quick addition- after 'can't help' we the gerund- 'I can't help thinking....' :lol:
 

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tdol said:
One quick addition- after 'can't help' we the gerund- 'I can't help thinking....' :lol:

That's very true -- and very odd. :roll:
 

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It's designed to keep me in work.;-)
 

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The reward for work.;-)
 
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