- Assists attorney in drafting documentation.
- Assists attorney with drafting documentation.
Assist meaning give etc
- we should assist with money and not men
British Parliament 1812
- he was directed to place himself in a situation to be ready to assist with his boats
British Parliament 1812
- I will assist with all my power to support the interests'of the Batavian people
The Annual Register, 1811
- businesses are called on to assist with specific expertise
- "assist in/with something"
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
"We are looking for people who would be willing to assist in the group's work."
- "assist in/with"
Several top landscape designers assisted in the creation of the garden.
- "assist (somebody) with/in something"
You will be employed to assist in the development of new equipment.
- "assist the police with/in their inquiries (UK)"
- The American Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary gives these examples:
" Another doctor assisted with the operation."
"Federal agents are assisting with the investigation."
"She assisted in making the decision."
"The cream assists in the prevention of skin cancer."
- The top four words in the in list also appear high in the with list:
development, process, preparation, work
- Six words appear only in the in list
establishment, selection, function, maintenance, construction, solution
- Six words appear only in the with list
management, design, care, training, planning, implementation
A couple of specific examples
The British National Corpus
- assist in - 541
- assist with - 167
- assist in the - 238
- assist with the - 67
- "the civil servants he appointed to assist in the work"
- "a suggestion from the Ministry of Supply to assist in the production of railway bridges"
- "About the only contribution information technology can make is to assist in the compilation of cricket statistics."
- "Numerous tests are available to assist in the systematic assessment of a wide range of grammatical abilities"
- "Volunteers are welcome to assist with staffing of the City Varieties"
- "one is merely allowed to assist with abseiling a small group down a short drop"
- "Guides will assist with the serving of tea or coffee and biscuits"
- "a variety of methods have been evolved to assist with coping with them."
- assist in - 4.9 m, 16.3%
- assist with - 2.0 m, 6.7%
- assist in the - 1.5 m, 5.1%
- assist with the - 454,000, 1.5%
At Google Books
- This intern will assist with general administrative and clerical duties ... and assist in the closing of the sale.
The Comprehensive Guide to Careers in Sports, Glenn M. Wong
- Research with children with learning disabilities and the effectiveness of computer-assisted learning to assist in spelling is inconclusive ... Various software exists to assist with spelling
Utilising Information Communication Technology to Assist the Education of Individuals with Down Syndrome, by Bob Black, Amanda Wood
- To assist with development and implementation of a comprehensive and sustainable programme for disarmament ... and to otherwise assist in the training of civilian police.
Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: A Critical Reader, edited by Salah M. Hassan, Carina E. Ray
- Assist in process and program effectiveness data and analysis for improvement ... Assist with designing of accommodation
Response to Intervention and Continuous School Improvement, Victoria Bernhardt, Connie Hebert
Case study - developing and the development
- assist in developing - 89,000, 38.1%
- assist with developing - 6,600, 2.8%
- assist in the development - 166,000, 70.2%
- assist with the development - 31,000, 13.3%
- assist in developing - 4
- assist with developing - 0
- assist with the development - 21
- assist with the development - 2
But sometimes there isn't a choice
- each brigade ... may be called on to assist in a neighbouring area
- Eye health workers had come from all over Australia to assist in a week of intensive surgery
- Volunteers are available to assist in a variety of ways
- You may be asked to assist with lunch
- Scottish women asked to assist with police crackdown on human trafficking
- ... the National Guard was called on to assist with rescue efforts.
Comparison with help
- Both 'in' and 'with' are usually possible.
- When followed by a gerund, 'in' is by far the most common.
- But the difference isn't much less when followed by a simple noun - 'in' is still the clear favourite.
- The use of 'with' seems to have been increasing since around the middle of the twentieth century.
- There are some occasions when only 'in' is possible, and others when only 'with' is possible.
- My own feeling is that the more the process is part of the subject's normal activities, the more we are likely to use 'in', and that 'with' is possibly favoured when the subject is not 'part of the team', and when they are, in effect, helping other people, more than fully participating in something as part of their normal activities.