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Help do vs help to dvs hing in English

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Both help someone do something and help someone to do something are acceptable. The form without to seems to be more common in everyday speech than the form with to (especially in American English), but both forms are common in formal writing:

Some learners try to combine the -ing form we can find in other phrases (such as go doing something) with help, but this is unfortunately not correct:

Finally, there is one informal phrase in which wedouse help doing, namely cannot help doing. If someone cannot help doing something, they cannot suppress the need to do it. For example:

This idiom means the same as cannot help but dowe could also say, I cannot help but think about her constantly.

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