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Is there any difference between these two 'helps' ? help me VS help me out... FIGHT! :- ) <mortal kombat tune>
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Yes, there is a slight difference between "help me" and "help me out".
Helping somebody means simply "giving assistance/aid".
"Help smb. out" means to help smb. get out of a difficult situation, help smb. find a solution to his/her problem.
1.Please, will you help me with my homework ? - asking for smb`s assistance
2. I don`t understand the configuration of this new software. Who can help me out ?
Here are some more details :
help out - Definitions from Dictionary.com
WordNet - Cite This Source
help out = be of help, as in a particular situation of need; "Can you help out tonight with the dinner guests?"
WordNet® 2.1, © 2005 Princeton University
American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms - Cite This Source
help out = give additional assistance, as in :
I offered to help out with the holiday rush at the store. [Early 1600s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
help out = to help (a person), usually for a short time because the person is in some difficulty
Example: I help out in the shop from time to time; Could you help me out by looking after the baby?
Last edited by Teia; 11-Mar-2007 at 21:29.
help me = I continue on by myself but some assistance would be nice
help me out = I'm stuck and can't move on without assistance. ie. as I'm in a hole, can you help me out?