Carlos, the aspiring chef, shows up out of the blue - but he might help save the café.

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Thanks for the activity!!.

DearTeam ,I know my confusion is because I'm unwittingly affected by the Greek structure.After your kind reply, my confusion seems to move about the existence, the use , and the meaning of the two successive verbs ''help save''.I could understand something like:1)''he might save the cafe'',2) ''he might help the cafe'',3)''he might help and save the cafe'',4)''he might help his friends (to)save(them) the cafe'', or ''he might help the cafe to be saved'',but not ''he might help save the cafe''.Could you explain me ,please?

Hello nikoslado
There are many verbs that can be combined. When this happens, the second verb can go in several different forms, e.g.:
- I enjoy swimming. ('swimming' = an -ing form)
- I want to swim. ('to swim' = a to+infinitive)
- They made me swim. ('swim' = a bare infinitive)
In each of these cases, it's the first verb that determines the form of the second verb. In other words, 'enjoy' is followed by an -ing form, 'want' is followed by a to+infinitive and 'made' is followed by a noun object and a bare infinitive.
There are some verbs that can be followed more than one kind of form. The verb 'help' can be followed by a to+infinitive or a bare infinitive. So you could say 'He is helping save the café' or 'He is helping to save the café' -- both forms are correct.
Does that help you make sense of it?
Best wishes
The LearnEnglish Team

I like canelé!

Dear Team,
I' ve got a query in this headline sentence:''.....but he might help save the cafe.'' The verb ''save''- from what I' ve already searched- never has a passive meaning, but only an active one. So, how is the structure here?Is there any Anglicism? Because I realise that the meaning is that Fadi can help the cafe to be saved.
Thanks a lot for your kindness.

Hello nikoslado,
The verb here is active ('Fadi' is the subject and 'the cafe' is the object). I'm not sure why you think it is passive.

More generally, 'save' can easily have a passive meaning:
"The project was saved by a brilliant idea from one of the team."

The LearnEnglish Team


Easy audio.i do all the tasks successfully

Thank you very much!

What is different between “prefer” and “like”? And between “listen” and “hear”? In my language, they are same meaning. Thanks!