... I am sure you don't need any help coming up with new ideas. (It is from a tv-series. A is saying this to B ironically because B keeps coming up with absurd ideas all the time.)

Is this sentence grammatical as is? or Should it be rewritten as in:

I am sure you don't need any help in coming up with new ideas.

I am sure you don't need any help to come up with new ideas.


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Someone may disagree with one or other of the three sentences, but all of them are acceptable in idiomatic English. All 3 versions get well over one million hits each if you Google them.

  • Note that Google Web Search isn't a curated English corpus, and the number of results it reports is an estimate (which is often quite off). For that, try COCA. (It's pretty easy to use.)
    – user3395
    Aug 20, 2019 at 0:50
  • @userr2684291 point taken, I wasn't aware of that site and I agree that Google counts are not accurate. Using the COCA, the British National corpus and the iWeb data bases all 3 phrases are, very approximately, equally represented. Aug 20, 2019 at 21:57

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