1. We have several points on the agenda. To begin with I think we shall watch the presentations of our first-year students. 2. No, I won’t join you for love or money. To tell you the truth I’m just not interested. 3. Shortening is becoming one of the major ways of word-building. To put it another way more and more words now are formed with the help of shortening. 4. We had a very interesting conversation and discussed so many problems. To cut a long story short in the end they agreed to accept all our offers. 5. I wouldn’t believe everything John says. To tell you the truth he is not a reliable person at all. 6. OK. Now stop talking about unimportant details and get back to the point.
B Make up your own sentences or situations with these phrases.
THE INFINITIVE AFTER HELP
After the verb help the infinitive can be used with or without the particle "to".
Mother helped me to do the work. Mother helped me do the work.
The use of a to-infinitive is more formal. In the passive, "to" is obligatory after help.
The girl was helped to overcome her fear of flying.
"To" is also obligatory after "not".
How can I help my pupils not to worry about their exams?