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1] Mr Negroponte's mission is to help find a solution to the crisis in Pakistan.
I am a bit curious about the words 'help find'.

2] Mr Negroponte's mission is to help to find a solution to the crisis in Pakistan.
I think my second sentence is fine too.

3] Mr Negroponte's mission is to help for find a solution to the crisis in Pakistan.
[ How about the third sentence? I think it is fine too.]

4] Mr Negroponte's mission is to help for finding a solution to the crisis in Pakistan.
[ How about the fourth sentence? Is it acceptable too?]

I beg our experts to comment on all my sentences.
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The most natural to my ears is "help find" but I find "help to find" okay.

#3 and #4 are not correct.
Thanks Grammar Geek for the reply.

I would like to know why you disapproved the 3rd and 4th sentences.
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3. Mr Negroponte's mission is to help for find a solution to the crisis in Pakistan. (You cannot write 'help for find ...')
4. Mr Negroponte's mission is to help for finding a solution to the crisis in Pakistan. (You cannot write 'help for finding ... ')

I would write: Mr Negroponte's mission is to help in finding a solution to the crisis in Pakistan.

Thanks Yoong

So the words 'help for' are incorrect.

Is it fine to write 'help with finding a solution'?
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Hi Rotter

I searched for 'helping with finding a solution', but found the following instead. I hope you're convinced that 'helping with ... ' is not correct.



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