Infinitive and conjugated form quick question

Hello, all. Is it a general rule that if I have specified myself with a previous conjugation, then an action after the fact would be the infinitive?

For example, if I said to my girlfriend in so few words "te ayudo", I'm saying I help you. However, I can't figure if it would be correct to say (to someone else) "tengo que le ayudo (a ella)" or, "tengo que le ayudar (a ella)". I feel like it should be "… le ayudo" but I also did clarify myself with "tengo", and so "…le ayudar" seems right too, so I'm unsure.

If I've made any other mistakes in this question, I apologize, I'm a noob.

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  1. Lois Cunningham says:

    Tengo que + infinitive means ‘ I have to ‘whatever’ i.e. tengo que ayudarle – I have to help you!
    Le ayudo means I am helping you (formal) rather than te ayudo – i help you or I am helping you (informal)

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