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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:13:07 AM
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"Beyond creating opportunities for Singaporeans to enjoy real wage growth to meet their aspirations, the Government is also committed to help Singaporeans stretch their hard-earned dollar."

Mr Chan was responding to a question from Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC), who had asked if the cost of living in Singapore has increased significantly.

Shouldn't it be "helping" instead?

Thanks.
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:25:17 AM

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Yes, to my way of thinking.

But this use of the bare infinitive instead of the gerund seems to have become fairly common, and may be widely (if reluctantly) accepted.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:27:41 AM

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I would normally say "committed to helping . . ." but I'm not sure that "committed to help . . ." is totally wrong.

There are several very similar meanings of "commit", and at least one of them seems to take the infinitive like this.

com·mit v.tr.
. . .
6.b. To bind, obligate, or devote, as by a pledge: They were committed to follow orders. She committed herself to her art.

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It seems to follow the form of other words with similar meaning.
I am obliged to help others.
I am pledged to help others.


I think it is unusual, but not incorrect.

The more usual form is, of course:
I am devoted to helping others.
I am committed to helping others.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:34:50 AM
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Thanks, NKM and DragOnspeaker.
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