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请帮助我 and 请帮我

Could someone please explain what the difference is between 请帮助我 and 请帮我?

June 25, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
  • 1499

To make a sincere request, the longer word 帮助 is better, especially for short sentences. For trivial matters and long sentences, 帮 is usually better.

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

Thank you so much! Very helpful.

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
  • 1499

:) A complement: Because 帮 is a very common alternative, 帮助 becomes relatively “lengthy”, which adds to the formality but affects the rhythm of speaking. You will see that people often alternate between similar words of different lengths in order to adjust the rhythm for their speaking styles.

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

Very interesting, thanks! I am really hooked on this wonderful language.

June 27, 2018
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