"VS Code's built-in debugger helps accelerate your edit, compile and debug loop."

As you see, the sentence has two verbs, help and accelerate.

Is this sentence correct?

Who can analyze this sentence?

I think the sentence below is correct.

"VS Code's built-in debugger accelerates your edit, compile and debug loop."

  • Not sure about the comma. Do we understand that the edit compiles and debugs the loop? Or should "your" be "you". – BillJ May 20 '18 at 15:15
  • @BillJ Maybe someone who is strong in programming can reply you. – jiexishede May 20 '18 at 15:46
  • The loop in question is one of editing then compiling then debugging; in other words an edit-compile-debug loop. – James Random May 20 '18 at 20:52

Help, unusally, can take an infinitive complement with or without 'to':

I helped him to carry it.

I helped him carry it.

I helped to carry it.

I helped carry it.

So helps accelerate means exactly the same as helps to accelerate.

I can't think of another verb which behaves like this.

  • In this case, I don't think the word "help" really adds anything; "helps [to] accelerate" = "accelerates". The sentence would be better without it. – James Random May 20 '18 at 20:53
  • I think they're hedging, @JamesRandom,in case anybody claimed that it hadn't accelerated the process in a particular case. – Colin Fine May 21 '18 at 9:06

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