But I was grateful that he helped me convince Jared there was time to make the raid and get back before a decision was made about Kyle.

Can anyone explain to me when it's not necessary to add 'ed' to the root word "convince" in the above sentence?

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    "convince" is used in the infinitive in your example: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinitive There is an implied "to" before "convince", i.e. "he helped me to convince" – Bobby ''V0ight'' Peru -------- Jul 30 '16 at 3:05
  • Possible duplicate of Help to do something or help do something? – James K Aug 1 '16 at 0:29
  • I don't think so, James. That question concerns whether a full or bare infinitive is an appropriate object complement, given a specific governing verb. This question concerns the reason that the object complement cannot be a finite past-tense form, or the method by which OP can recognize a bare infinitive object complement. – Gary Botnovcan Aug 1 '16 at 2:44
  • Related, but not (at present) a very good duplicate, as "helped" is not mentioned: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/37060/… – Nathan Tuggy Aug 19 '16 at 1:03

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