Can I use with with help?

For example:

What does your sister always help you with?

Is it correct? (my English teacher said it was wrong)

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    You can use with with help. My guess is that your teacher considers ending sentences with a preposition wrong. See this question for details: english.stackexchange.com/questions/16/… – J. Siebeneichler Nov 24 '16 at 13:58
  • "Hello, thank you for calling NotARealName Help Center! What can I help you with?" – MorganFR Nov 24 '16 at 14:00
  • Can you help me with understanding what bothers you most by including some research you've done on the verb "to help"? – Rathony Nov 24 '16 at 14:07

This is correct as correct can be. Some people will argue that you cannot end a sentence with a preposition, but that "rule" was never really a rule, but stylistic advice modeled off Latin. In reality, like German, the preposition is just fine at the end.

If you were to rearrange it, it would sound awfully stilted:

With what does your sister always help you?

Despite what poorly informed grammar teachers once taught kids, this sort of style should be avoided today.

See Oxford Dictionaries's explanation of the subject.

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