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In the three sentences below:

Good horizontal spacing helps make individual statements more readable.

Good horizontal spacing helps to make individual statements more readable.

Good horizontal spacing helps making individual statements more readable.

Is one of them preferable to the others? If so, please justify. Is any of them incorrect?

Thanks!

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According to this source:

'help' can also be followed by the infinitive without 'to' with no difference in meaning: 'I helped to carry it' = 'I helped carry it

It further says that 'help + 'ing'' is possible but then the pattern is 'can't help'.

Example follows

He can't help talking so loudly.

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The verb construction was to help to do. Nowadays to help + infinitive is felt something similar to a modal verb and to help is usually followed by a bare infinitive. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/help_1?q=help

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