So, if we have ajudar + noun, we don't need the preposition "a"; and if it is ajudar+verb, then we need it? (Ajudar uma menina / ajudar a fazer o almoço)?
what if one were to omit 'ter' and use melhorar here ? would it be okay ?
then it would be "eles têm ajudado a minha filha a melhorar AS notas" (melhorar = improve)
could you use "melhorar seus notas" as well (improve HER grades)?
"melhorar suAs notas" , once daughter is feminine
yup, my mistake. but it would be "suas" because "notas" is feminine, not "filha"
that's actually what I meant to say. You're learning it well.
Would "have better grades" also be correct
What purpose does the a serve before ter?
ajudar + someone + a + doing something
I put "daughter get better grades" and it was marked wrong. "to get better grades" sounds a little "clunky" in American English.