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#1 OA17

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

Hi!
Just a brief question for native (or proficient) English speakers:
Which is the correct form in this example?:

- This test may help define the general guidelines....
- This test may help defining the general guidelines...
- This test may help to define the general guidelines...

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#2 mdfenko

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

first ("to" is implied) and third look okay to me.

Edited by mdfenko, 14 December 2012 - 09:24 AM.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:39 AM

I think that the use of the infinitive (to define) and the bare infinitive (define) after help are both acceptable in this case so I guess it's a matter of which style you wanna use. The gerund (defining) hmmmm doesn't sound right. The gerund, I'd probably use in the negative sense- I can't help thinking, crying etc. For verbs of perception such as see, watch, hear, feel etc or causation- let, make, allow etc, the bare infinitives are often used....
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:10 AM

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