"...ayuda a..." Is the "a" always used when ayudar is followed by an infinitive?

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"...ayuda a..." Is the "a" always used when ayudar is followed by an infinitive?

In "....ayuda a reducir los efectos...".  is the "a" required because ayudar always takes "a" before an infinitive?  If followed by a human or animal the "personal a" is also required, e.g. Ayudo a mi padre, but not if the object is inanimate. Is this correct?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Alan

Nice to see you in the forum.

Ayudar is always followed by "a" with infinitives. Have a look at what the R.A.E says about this verb and the use of "a". 

Saludos

Inma

"...ayuda a..." Is the "a" always used when ayudar is followed by an infinitive?

In "....ayuda a reducir los efectos...".  is the "a" required because ayudar always takes "a" before an infinitive?  If followed by a human or animal the "personal a" is also required, e.g. Ayudo a mi padre, but not if the object is inanimate. Is this correct?

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