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Is it grammatical to use a gerund after "to help". To me saying: "to help protecting the environment" is ungrammatical. I would like to get the syntactic explanation.

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    I went to help with the protection of the environment. I went to help Peter to protect the environment. I went to help protect the environment. But the participle cannot follow 'help' in that manner. It requires an object (direct or indirect) or an infinitive (either bare or 'to'). – Nigel J May 21 '18 at 12:14
  • No, "help" does not license (specifically permit) gerund-participial clauses as complement, only infinitival ones. – BillJ May 21 '18 at 19:07

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