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Saturday, February 11, 2012


Not the Beatles' song "Help!" but the 助動詞 "help."

This week a student said, "The game made students understand the concept of time." The problem is the translation of the causal (使役) form to "make."

I'm sure you have read the explanations of "make" and "let," so I'm not going to discuss that. But I will recommend that you use "help" more as a modal verb (助動詞として、"help" をもっと使うべきです).

The correct way to express the idea he was trying to express is:
  • The game helped the students to understand time.
 Please use English well!