I was writing a sentence with the word "help" and wanted to substitute it for the word "assist" but realized I could not do that without restructuring the sentence.
My original sentence, "I'll help you overcome the obstacle" (sentence 1), sounds fine.
But swapping out the word "help" led to: "I'll assist you overcome the obstacle" (sentence 2) which does not sound right.
I feel like it should be: "I'll assist you with overcoming the obstacle" (sentence 3), but I cannot figure out why the direct substitution (sentence 2) is incorrect when the two sentences have the exact same meaning and both "help" and "assist" are verbs? Is sentence 1 actually incorrect?
Additionally, I suppose the original sentence could also have been written as "I'll help you to overcome the obstacle," which would lead to the substitution of "I'll assist you to overcome the obstacle"; this doesn't sound as bad as sentence two but still doesn't seem quite right?
Why can't I directly interchange these words?