"Can you help me to buy medicine?"


May 19, 2018

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你可以帮忙我买药吗 was not accepted. Is there a difference between 帮 and 帮忙?


All three (帮, 帮助 and 帮忙) can be used as verbs to mean help, assist or do a favor. Only 帮助 and 帮忙 can be used as nouns, 帮 can not. As a verb 帮助 and 帮 can take an object, 帮忙 can not.

帮助 is preferred in written Chinese. 帮忙 and 帮 are more commonly used in spoken Chinese. And 帮 is most perfered, perhaps due to syntactic simplicty.

Some people think there is a differnce in meaning: 帮助 means to assist 帮忙 means to do a favor But some other people disagree with this.

from: https://www.italki.com/question/63603


Thanks! That was very helpful.

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