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Is it correct to say

Tsunami coupling in the code 'helps determine' human casualty

i.e., is use of multiple verbs consecutively correct?

Also, is it 'help determine' or 'helps determine'?

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Your sentence is grammatically correct, but semantically obtuse. I have no idea what you are trying to say. I'm not sure what it means to determine human death. determine loosely means to conclude based analysis or examination, and I'm not sure that anything called Tsunami coupling is capable of determining anything. –  Jim Aug 20 '13 at 5:51
    
Perhaps you mean that, "By studying Earthquake-Tsunami Coupling scientists are more able to accurately predict the potential cost in human lives for these natural disasters"? –  Jim Aug 20 '13 at 5:56
    
Help + bare infinitive is correct, other non-modal verbs demand a full infinitive (with to). –  n.m. Aug 20 '13 at 5:59
    
@Jim Yes, that's what I meant –  Stephen Jacob Aug 20 '13 at 6:05
    
The basic import of this question may not be related to the 'Duplicate.' It's not about the infinitive -- it's more in the class of "is that that correct?" and similar Qs. –  Kris Aug 21 '13 at 5:56

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The two verbs reference different things: helps relates to 'Tsunami coupling' here, while determine relates to an abstract "one"; moreover, there's a to elided in the sentence as well. Read it as:

Tsunami coupling in the code helps (one) (to) determine human casuality.

The verbs there are not actually adjacent. Even if they were, that would hardly matter since they are unrelated.

The sentence is grammatically correct.

meta: If you still find the structure a little complicated, you may want to ask the question on ell.stackexchange.com

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