Assistance or Assistants?
Assistance or Assistants?What is the difference between "assistance" and "assistants"?
- "Assistance" means help or aid. For example:
- I need assistance with my paperwork.
- "Assistants" are people who provide help. It is the plural of the noun "assistant." For example:
- How many assistants will you hire?
More about "Assistance" and "Assistants"The words "assistance" and "assistants" sound identical (i.e., they are a type of homonym called a homophone), but their meanings are different. Here is a quick summary:
- Assistance means help.
- Assistants are helpers.
AssistanceThe noun "assistance" means help. It usually means providing money, resources, or information to assist. "Assistance" can usually be substituted with the word "help."
- I am unable to drive without assistance from my glasses.
- Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. (Physicist Stephen Hawking)
AssistantsThe word "assistants" describes people who provide help. It is the plural of the noun "assistant."
- Rees and his assistants work at Columbia University, New York.
- I don't like to work with assistants. I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough. (Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt)