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I don't understand the difference between the following two sentences and grammatical explanation. Why we use out here and also here "Ask her out for a dance. Thanks.

  1. Help him

  2. Help him out

  • To ask someone out has the particular meaning of 'invite them to attend a social event or entertainment with you, usually with romantic intentions' - out because you are going somewhere outside the home. – Kate Bunting Feb 10 at 11:27
  • ask her out has zero to do with your question. Please edit it. – Lambie Feb 10 at 16:19
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To help someone is to provide assistance in what could be a dangerous or difficult situation.

To help someone out is slightly less heavy.

  • You help someone who is having a heart attack by performing CPR.

  • You help out your neighbor by cutting his grass if his leg is in a cast.

  • You help out in the kitchen when your actual job is greeting people when they enter the restaurant.
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  • But help doesn't necessarily imply danger or difficulty. It can be used in any context, while help out usually refers to helping someone to carry out a task. – Kate Bunting Feb 10 at 11:20
  • @KateBunting I believe I said: in what could be. If I help you with your homework, the situation is difficult for you. I am contrasting help and help out and not defining every single usage of the verb help. – Lambie Feb 10 at 16:19

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