Hi,

Today, while I was reading on an article related Health, I found the following sentence.

"Vitamin E may help protect you from heart disease"

I am just wondering whether I understood the grammar with the verb "help" correctly here.

"help + verb (infinitive e.g. make, protect etc...) + noun "

e.g. I will help make the spaceship.

Because I thought that after the verb "help", it's a noun is that's followed by instead of a infinitive like the example above.

e.g. I help you improve your english.

Thanks in advance.
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Well, all your examples seem to have verbs after help:

Vitamin E may help protect you.
I will help make the spaceship.
I help you improve your English.

The third one, however has the pronoun indirect object before the infinitive verb-- is that what you mean? That's where the IO usually goes:

Vitamin E may help your doctor protect you.
I will help the Russians make the spaceship.
I help improve everyone's English.

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Anonymous:
Hello Mister Micawber,

I have seen this construction: "Help us to help our environment".Is it possible?

We must remember that after the verb help, let, make and have, we should have the bare infinitive (without TO)...

Hope you can help me!

Thanks!

Marina 
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Yes, to is optional after help (but not after let, make or have)
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Anonymous:
what about ( make,let,see, watch etc)

if Verb(Help) - i (help imrpove) my english

Can we use the same way like (make,let,see,watch etc.)?

eg- i (make improve) my english
Anonymous:
all of you guys are incorrect. the "bare infinitive" is only applicable after words like help, make, have, etc when a direct object comes between the main verb and the infinitive. It's called a bare inifinitive because you drop the "to." Bare inifinitives also apply after modal auxiliaries and verbs of perception.

She made him do it.

Full infinitive = to do"
Bare infinitive = do
***Note the direct object in bold type.

"... help improve my English" is incorrect. You can't have two verbs back to back. Acorrect sentence is "... help me improve my English." (which is some advice I think you all should take)
Anonymous:
Anonymousall of you guys are incorrect. the "bare infinitive" is only applicable after words like help, make, have, etc when a direct object comes between the main verb and the infinitive. It's called a bare inifinitive because you drop the "to." Bare inifinitives also apply after modal auxiliaries and verbs of perception.
I wouldn't go along with that. There is no rule of grammar that requires there to be a direct object between "help" and a following infinitive. These examples are impeccable:

He helped redecorate her flat.
I helped wash up.

In these examples the beneficiary of the help is not stated; instead we take them to mean that direct assistance was provided to person(s) unknown.

J
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