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Helps

Posted by Tom on June 25, 2007

I am interested in thoughts about the use of 'helps' as a noun. As in an aid in studying a topic or troubleshooting a problem or working through a set of program steps.

The specific quote I read stated: "The text is large enough to be read easily and is set off by generous amounts of white space, all helps for beginning readers."

That seemed . . .'odd' to me but the author said she did not have a second thought about it, seemed totally natural to her.

Anyway, just curious as to how common, or correct, some of you found this word/phrase.