Jan de Boer
help you in English? I have just read this on this website "help me in English". Now I thought I was pretty certain that 'in' is the wrong preposition here, but the sentence is recited by a teacher who says: "Yes I will help you in English". Should that not be "with English"? I think you can help someone in English if you use the language English as a communication language. So I can help you with Maths, in English. But if you are studying English, you would say: I will help you with English. ...?? Right?
Feb 11, 2017 2:32 PM
Answers · 6
I'm certainly not a teacher or an expert, but what you said makes complete sense to me. "Help you in English " in this context doesn't sound right at all.
February 11, 2017
Help you WITH English means to help you learn English. Example: Can you help me with English ? It's a very difficult language. Help you IN English means to speak English in order to help someone. Example: If I am in a library in China, I would find an employee and say "Excuse me, Can you help me in English? I can't speak Chinese." But like Danielle said, it's rather common to hear other ways of using those words. For example: "I'm bad with numbers, so my friend is going to help me in math." The full sentence would be "...my friend is going to help me in math CLASS." It means your friend is going to help you WITH math while you are both IN math class. Hope I didn't confuse you any further :p
February 12, 2017
Is it really? To me it sounds totally weird and incorrect. Maybe it is American dialect? I am used to UK English. The UK is close to the Netherlands.
February 11, 2017
You are correct, but I have to mention that this is a common error made by native English speakers. It is not unusual to hear someone say "I can help you in math" or "Please help me in science"
February 11, 2017
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