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I recently came across the phrase "assisting delivery of construction programs". Is this phrase grammatically correct? I would write: "Assisting with delivery of construction programs".

Could someone please let me know which phrase is correct? Or are both phrases are correct and have the same meaning?

Note: This phrase is quoted from a CV. The full phrase is, "Assisting delivery of construction programs and reactive maintenance".

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  • Please include the text that surrounded this phrase to provide context. As it stands, neither is grammatically correct.
    – Mick
    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:54
  • Hello Mike, Thanks a lot for your comment. This sentence/phrase is from CV. It is a description of the task that person performed in that particular role. The full phrase is" Assisting delivery of construction programs and reactive maintenance.
    – AlexA
    Oct 7, 2019 at 21:25
  • Sorry I spelled you name incorrectly. My apologies Mick
    – AlexA
    Oct 7, 2019 at 22:42

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This phrase, "assisting delivery of construction programs", is not grammatically correct.

One would normally use is or with, and either with or without an article:

  • "assisting in the delivery of construction programs";
  • "assisting with the delivery of construction programs"; or
  • "assisting in delivery of construction programs"
  • "assisting with delivery of construction programs"

I would consider the formulation using in the or with the as normal grammar, but just using in or with is also quite common in a list such as might appear in a CV.

What sometimes happens is that articles and prepositions are dropped in lists such as these (e.g. in CVs) either to save a little on space or, what seems to be more common, to sound punchier.

What this leads to is, when someone writes their skills or responsibilities in a list in their CV, that they [may] start with:

One of my responsibilities was assisting in the delivery of construction programs.

This becomes a list item such as:

- assisting in the delivery of construction programs

which then is edited to remove all the "unnecessary" words and perhaps sound more dynamic:

- assisting delivery of construction programs
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  • I know that I shouldn't be using comments box to say Thanks a lot Mick, but unfortunately I couldn't find the way to say thanks a lot. If you could please let me know how to do it it would be great. Thank you very much for your answer it was really detailed and clear.
    – AlexA
    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:10

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