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What would be correct? And why?

  • I'm helping maintain the library.
  • I'm helping to maintain the library.
  • I'm helping maintaining the library.
  • I'm helping in maintaining the library. (ok this one sounds quite wrong)
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You use the verb 'help' with or without a 'to infinitive'. The meaning remains the same.

You don't help yourself but you help others. Your third sentence sounds like you're helping yourself in maintaining the library.

I'm helping _ in maintaining the library. You don't fill in that blank. The object of help could be anything but you.

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  • Also worth noting: While "I'm helping in maintaining the library" is not right, "I help in maintaining the library" is correct. – Farfromunique Feb 27 at 15:53
  • So which answer would make the most sense if the question is "What have you been doing lately?" – Cristiano Coelho Feb 27 at 21:02
  • @CristianoCoelho: I've been helping maintain the library. – Tinfoil Hat Feb 28 at 0:37

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