Grammar Patterns

V n to-inf

II.4 The 'help' group

These verbs are concerned with allowing, enabling, helping, or qualifying someone to do something.
Julia was assisting him to prepare his speech.
He will have a fitness test on his groin injury this morning, but is unlikely to be cleared to play.
You helped me to hold on and to continue to bring up my own children when I was finding it almost impossible.
Off the east entrance we obediently awaited the signal permitting us to enter.
The basic course does not qualify you to practise as a therapist, but it does give you an adequate foundation.
In the case of permit, the noun group following the verb is sometimes a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl to-inf.
I do not permit myself to be manipulated in this way.
  • aid
  • allow
  • assist
  • authorize
  • clear (usu passive)
  • empower
  • enable
  • entitle
  • equip
  • fit
  • free
  • help
  • license
  • permit
  • qualify
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