Please carry the books for me.

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Elaine Koh

Senior Member
Singapore
Please help me carry the books.
Please carry the books for me.

Does the first sentence mean that I have to carry some of the books, while the second sentence implies that I need not carry any books, as my helper has to carry all the books?

Thanks.
 
  • Jektor

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    Yes, you are correct.

    Please help me carry the books = Please help me to carry these books (would you please carry some of them, while I carry the others).

    Please carry the books for me = Please carry all these books for me.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    AE (US English)
    Yes, you are correct.

    Please help me do something = I will do it, and you will help. So I will carry, and you will help carry.

    Please do something for me = you do it.
     
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