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    Assistances vs Assistance

    I will like to start this thread with an apology if this is not the best place to post the question or this has been addressed before. I have tried to find the topic using "Advanced Search" feature and couldn't fine one; I hope it is pretty safe to assume this has not been asked before?

    My question has to do with the word "assistances" in this sentence: "I will like to thank them for their assistances." I was told that assistance does not have a plural form and I need to remove the "s" at the end of the word. However, some dictionary website indicates that the plural form of "assistance" is "assistances". How about the word "help" in the same sentence: "I will like to thank them for their helps"?

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by BWT72 View Post
    I will like to start this thread with an apology if this is not the best place to post the question or this has been addressed before. I have tried to find the topic using "Advanced Search" feature and couldn't fine one; I hope it is pretty safe to assume this has not been asked before?

    My question has to do with the word "assistances" in this sentence: "I will like to thank them for their assistances." I was told that assistance does not have a plural form and I need to remove the "s" at the end of the word. However, some dictionary website indicates that the plural form of "assistance" is "assistances". How about the word "help" in the same sentence: "I will like to thank them for their helps"?

    Thanks,

    BWT
    Both "assistances" and "helps" would be wrong in that sentence, "will" is not good either.

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by BWT72 View Post
    I will like to start this thread with an apology if this is not the best place to post the question or this has been addressed before. I have tried to find the topic using "Advanced Search" feature and couldn't fine one; I hope it is pretty safe to assume this has not been asked before?

    My question has to do with the word "assistances" in this sentence: "I will like to thank them for their assistances." I was told that assistance does not have a plural form and I need to remove the "s" at the end of the word. However, some dictionary website indicates that the plural form of "assistance" is "assistances". How about the word "help" in the same sentence: "I will like to thank them for their helps"?

    Thanks,

    BWT
    I agree with bhai. The nouns "assistance" and "help" are uncountable in modern English. I just checked three good dictionaries and found no inflected form. I then checked an unabridged dictionary and found an archaic use of "assistance" that could be pluralized.

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both "assistances" and "helps" would be wrong in that sentence, "will" is not good either.
    Thank you for your prompt response. I think I know how to use the word "helps" as in "multiple helps" where helps can mean "maids"; however, can you show me the proper way to use the word "assistances"? In addition, can you give me more pointer on why the word "will" is not good either?

    Again, Thank you

    BWT

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by BWT72 View Post
    however, can you show me the proper way to use the word "assistances"?
    There isn't one.

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by BWT72 View Post
    Thank you for your prompt response. I think I know how to use the word "helps" as in "multiple helps" where helps can mean "maids"; however, can you show me the proper way to use the word "assistances"? In addition, can you give me more pointer on why the word "will" is not good either?

    Again, Thank you

    BWT
    We don't use "helps" for "maids".

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by BWT72 View Post
    ...can you give me a pointer on why the word "will" is not good either?
    'I would like to thank them for their assistance.'

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Thank you.

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    Re: Assistances vs Assistance

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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