lighten somebody of something


Senior Member
Hello, I would like to use this phrase in this context: My mother is carrying two heavy/unwieldy bags. I see her and I am going to help her, namely, take the bags. Can I say: I see that I should lighten you of these bags, Mom.
Does this sentence make any sense to you?
  • Szkot

    Senior Member
    British English
    You can offer to lighten your mother's load, though it is unlikely you would in idiomatic English, but you can't lighten someone of something. More likely you would say: 'Let me take one of those bags, Mum'.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    If your mother is over 150 years old, such a sentence will remind her of the early days of her childhood; if you have a time-machine and go back to the mid-19th century, the sentence will be useful.