Assist vs help

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Siavash2015, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Siavash2015

    Siavash2015 Senior Member

    Iranian-Persian
    Hello everyone.

    I was wondering if it is correct to use help as an alternative to assist?

    I'm a paralegal. I assist with day to day clerical work in a law firm downtown.

    Are help and assist basically interchangeable?


    Thanks awfully.
     
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    In contexts like this, yes, they're more or less interchangeable. "Assist" is a bit more formal, "help" a bit more natural in conversation.
     
  3. Siavash2015

    Siavash2015 Senior Member

    Iranian-Persian
    Thank you sir.
    Can I ask what their difference is in general?
     
  4. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    Wisconsin
    English - United States
    If you have another sentence using "assist" or "help," we're happy to help you decide whether both words work equally well, Siavash. For a range of examples of the words in context, enter either word into the search box at the top of the page, and then click on the "In context" link on the page that opens.
     
  5. Siavash2015

    Siavash2015 Senior Member

    Iranian-Persian

    Thank you for your recommendation.
    For example can I say I failed to assist him with finding a date?

    I think there's no problem if I say:
    I failed to help him finding a date.

    I think I can use help in almost every situation but assist is more specific right?
     
  6. Glenfarclas Senior Member

    Chicago
    English (American)
    You probably wouldn't say that unless you had some formal obligation to assist him. That seems unlikely.

    Same thing.
     
  7. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    Note that even though the words are close synonyms in most cases, we use them a bit differently:

    Can you help me find my shoes?
    Can you assist me in finding my shoes?
     
  8. Disturbance Senior Member

    Spanish-Uruguay
    In addition to what he said you can say use too:
    Can you help me to find my shoes?
    Can you assist me to find my shoes?
     
  9. If you are trapped in a burning building, don't scream 'Assist!'
     
  10. Siavash2015

    Siavash2015 Senior Member

    Iranian-Persian
    Thank you very much guys.
    You're so sweet!:):thumbsup:
     

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