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"Leonard Leo, a longtime leader of the Federalist Society and its former executive vice president, said the effort to put Judge Barrett “in play” had helped to further familiarize conservatives with her and consolidate their support — ultimately making a spontaneous nomination one sure to secure enough votes."


Hi, I have questions again.


First question is "helped to further familiarize". As far as I know, 'help' doesn't need to infinitive, but just the verb itself. Here, as I understand, 'further' is an adverb, and when it is removed, it is "helped to familiarize", which seems not correct grammatically.


Second question is the meaning of "one" in the later part. I don't get what the one means there.


Thank you all very very much!!!

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fort leeFirst question is "helped to further familiarize". As far as I know, 'help' doesn't need to infinitive, but just the verb itself.

help doesn't need a full infinitive, but it's a correct alternative. help is a somewhat unusual verb in that way.

helped familiarize OR helped to familiarize. Both are OK.

fort lee'further' is an adverb

Correct, but that doesn't change the fact that there are two ways to follow 'help' with another verb.

fort leeit is "helped to familiarize", which seems not correct grammatically.

Don't worry about it. It's correct. Emotion: wink

fort leeSecond question is the meaning of "one" in the later part. I don't get what the one means there.

I, too, found it difficult to interpret. After reading it several times, I realized it was this:

making a spontaneous nomination one sure to secure enough votes
=
making a spontaneous nomination (be/become) a nomination (which was) sure to secure enough votes

CJ

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Thank you very very much again!!