ENGLISHMiscellaneous English Grammar

Verb Assist

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If a noun is there after ASSIST, we say ‘ASSIST IN’ or ‘ASSIST WITH’, but if an action is there after ASSIST, we say ‘ASSIST IN DOING’ (not TO DO); e.g.

I’ve been asked to assist him in the birthday party.
= I’ve been asked to assist him with the birthday party.

INCORRECT: One of the prison guards assisted them to escape.
CORRECT: One of the prison guards assisted them in escaping. OR One of the prison guards assisted them in their escape.

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