Allow vs. Help

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    Regarding the correct usage of object infinitive complements with the verbs allow and help, there exists a whole bunch of discussions all over the internet. We stick to the following simplified logic in Veeam technical documentation:

    • The form allow to <do something> does not exist — use allow <somebody> to <do something>.
    • Use help <somebody> <do something> whenever possible — it implies that you are helping someone throughout the entire process.

    The form help <somebody> to <do something> actually exists, but it implies that you are only helping someone get started and are not providing them with guidance every step of the way, which is not the case of technical documentation.

    Examples

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