Help + in + v-ing or Help + on + v-ing?


I used to help my friends in coding C++


I used to help my friends on coding C++

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In this case, on doesn't work. In won't seem too strange, but it doesn't seem natural. With could work better.

Using the simple present rather than the progressive of the verb would seem more natural to me, without needing any preposition:

"I used to help my friends code C++"

I'm not 100% sure about generalising this, though. Certainly different verbs in the place of coding would work better with 'in' than in your example. I'm struggling to think of any where 'on' would work at all, but I hesitate to say there are none just because I can't think of any.

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    I like this answer. I think "I used to help my friends code in C++" also sounds correct.
    – Mixolydian
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 17:56
  • Thanks a lot dear SamBC. I also read and remember that "Help" can't be followed by an -ing verb. Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 23:25

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