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What is the difference in form and meaning of the following sentences?

1- Did you have anyone to help you?

2- Did you have anyone help you?

Hello, Ahmed Imam Attia—In (1), the causative structure is not being used; "to help you" is an infinitival relative clause, and the meaning is "Was there anyone that you had to help you?" / "Was there anyone who could help you?"

In (2), the causative structure is used; the meaning is "Did you cause anyone to help you?" The implication could be "Did you make anyone help you?," "Did you pay someone to help you?," or "Did you ask someone to help you?"

Last edited by David, Moderator

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