Which of the two sentences is correct?
- He refused the organization's offer for help.
- He refused the organization's offer to help.
Did a few searches online, and I found that both are widely used.
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The confusion arises because the word "help" can be either a noun or a verb.
In the first, "help" is a noun. A close paraphrase would be:
He refused the organisation's offer for assistance.
But the following sounds better and more natural:
He refused the organisation's offer of assistance/help.
In the second, "help" is a verb. A close paraphrase would be:
He refused the organisation's offer to assist.
Context is important here.
He refused the organisation’s offer for help.
The organisation requires his help. They are offering him something in exchange for the help. It is not acceptable. He refused the organisation’s offer for help.
He refused the organisation’s offer to help
The organisation wants to help him and he doesn’t want it.
The word “for” is usually used to show:
Since Number 1 does not fall under any of these uses, therefore, the correct answer is Number 2.