what is the the difference in meaning when we say

"help me"

and when we say

"help me out "

i saw so many verbs like this,and i dont know the exact difference.

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  • "Help me" could be a request for assistance with some task or a plea for help in an emergency. "Help me out" would be used in the former case but never the latter. See also ttps://english.stackexchange.com/questions/52728/whats-the-meaning-of-out-when-it-comes-after-a-verb?rq=1 – Kate Bunting Jul 16 '18 at 7:50
  • Also @KateBunting Possible Duplicate (specific case of broader question): english.stackexchange.com/questions/52728 – Kris Jul 16 '18 at 8:36
  • However, the sweeping statement in the accepted answer there doesn't seem to work in too many cases. – Kris Jul 16 '18 at 8:38
  • Mona, as I see it, out here likely means "out of a particular situation". "Hey, I have a problem. Help me out." = "Help me out of the problem". (I know that is oversimplifying it, though.) – Kris Jul 16 '18 at 8:40
  • Possible duplicate of What's the meaning of 'out' when it comes after a verb ? – user067531 Jul 16 '18 at 9:10

Help out is a verb collocation which has its own entry in the OED as follows:

c. help out (also through): to afford assistance in completing something; to eke out, supplement. Also absol.

1600 E. Fairfax tr. Tasso Godfrey of Bulloigne ii. iii. 20 Boldest harts good fortune helpeth out.

1619 E. M. Bolton tr. Florus Rom. Hist. i. iii. 15
Horatius..helping out his valour with his wit.

1709 Tatler No. 101. ⁋7 I must desire my Readers to help me out..in the Correction of these my Essays.

1711 J. Addison Spectator No. 59. ¶6 She..helps out his Verse, and furnishes him with Rhymes.

1722 D. Defoe Jrnl. Plague Year 125 They have given me a Bag of Bread too, and a Salt Fish and some Flesh; so all helps out.

1722 W. Wollaston Relig. of Nature ix. 194 To expect omnipotence should interpose to help out a bad cause.

1815 Scott Guy Mannering III. v. 86 I will sit wi' you..and help you out wi' your bottle.

1874 L. B. Walford Mr. Smith (1876) xxx. 261 I looked to you, and you wouldn't say a word to help me out.

1917 Dial. Notes 4 413 Holp v. tr., to help. ‘I axed him to holp me out.’

"Out" can be added to other verbs e.g. clear out, see out, dig out, look out etc but each will have its own nuanced sense.

  • yeah it can be added to other verbs too,i was just confused about "help me " and "help me out",thanks for your time – Mona Jul 16 '18 at 16:02

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