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    help me!

    what is the different between aid and assist? (I know they are the synonym, but how to use it in the correct condition?)
    thanks,

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    First of all, "different" is an adjective, DIFFERENCE is the noun and the right word. You want to find out the difference between aid and assist. You want to know what makes it different from the other.
    The difference is that:
    -You aid in (doing) sth.
    -You assist sth./sb.

    I hope it will help you. Best wishes!


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    thanks, and how about the word help?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    First of all, "different" is an adjective, DIFFERENCE is the noun and the right word. You want to find out the difference between aid and assist. You want to know what makes it different from the other.
    The difference is that:
    -You aid in (doing) sth.
    -You assist sth./sb.

    I hope it will help you. Best wishes!
    could you give me the specific examples?

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    Okay, let me see...

    'Last Saturday, I helped my mother do the housework'

    'Could you help me comprehend the general idea?'

    The verb pattern is the following...

    Somebody helps (sby) do something
    Something helps (sby) with something

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    I can't say I agree.

    Let me help you with that.

    She helped him with his homework. In exchange, he helped her with the dishes.

    I don't think I use "aid" much as a verb.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: help me!

    To 'assist' means to help; 'assistance' means help. Plain English guides and certain style guides (eg the BBC style guide) suggest using the simple word 'help' and avoiding 'assist/assistance'.

    To 'aid' also means to help. As Barb D says, the verb is not that common although we might use it when talking about giving financial or material help ('aid developing countries' but even then 'give aid to ...' is more common). Generally though, use the verb 'help' in preference. I say 'generally' because there are always exceptions. For example, the Oxford English Dictionary gives a secondary meaning of the verb 'aid': 'promote or encourage (something)'. In the example it gives - 'diet and exercise aid healthy skin' - 'help' would not be appropriate.

    'aid' as a noun is common where it means help of a practical (financial, material, medical) nature.

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    Bertietheblue is a British, so consider his/her piece of advice. He/she knows the root of the language, do not glance at an American Opinion because they have a very informal way to speak English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    Bertietheblue is a British, so consider his/her piece of advice. He/she knows the root of the language, do not glance at an American Opinion because they have a very informal way to speak English.
    So only people from the UK are qualified to comment on English? I see.

    I'm glad you've made your position on this clear. I'll make sure to not taint your knowledge in the future.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    Bertietheblue is a British, so consider his/her piece of advice. He/she knows the root of the language, do not glance at an American Opinion because they have a very informal way to speak English.
    bertietheblue is indeed British but that doesn't mean you should consider his advice. He knows very little about the 'root of the language' (if that means the origins) and is always happy to read the views of Americans, some of whom know a lot more than he does about the English language.
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