Which one of this two sentences is correct?

  • I need you to help me do this job
  • I need you to help me to do this job

Can you also provide me some explanation?

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This is a licensing matter, which is discussed in a little more detail here. Briefly, the types of construction which you may employ in subordinate clauses are determined by the verb which the clause complements: each verb licenses (permits) some types of construction and prohibits others.

In your example, the constructions licensed by the verb need are those with a marked infinitive (to + VERB) :

 I need to help you.
 I need you to help me.
 I need for you to help me. ... BUT NOT
I need you help me.

In contrast, the verb help licenses constructions with the bare infinitive:

 Help me do this job.

At one time, help also licensed constructions with the marked infinitive, but this use is less common today, and has an old-fashioned ring.

?Help me to do this job.

It’s not exactly wrong, and you should not be disturbed if you encounter it; but I recommend that you restrict yourself to constructions with the unmarked infinitive.

Note that this is entirely different from constructions in which to acts as a preposition rather than an infinitive marker:

 John helped his father to his feet. ... meaning John helped his father rise
 John helped us to London. ... meaning John helped us make our way to London

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Some verbs are commonly followed by an object and the base form of another verb. Verbs are let, make, have, help. Examples:

Please HELP me call people.

Could you HAVE her text me?

Some verbs are commonly followed by an object and an infinitive. Verbs are invite, ask, tell, remind. Examples:

Could you REMIND them to come early?

I INVITED you to come.

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