Assist vs help

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.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    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.
     

    Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Can I ask what their difference is in general?
    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.
     

    Siavash2015

    Senior Member
    Iranian-Persian
    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.

    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?
     

    The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    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?
    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?
     

    Disturbance

    Senior Member
    Spanish-Uruguay
    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?
    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?
     
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