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The intern supports the team

vs

The intern assists the team

Support = he took an active role in the team's work like he was just another employee

vs

Assist = he was given a couple tasks by the employees to help them get their work done faster

Am I right ?

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The two verbs overlap. In many contexts, either would be suitable. In others, one or the other may sound more natural.

For example, here support is more idiomatic.

She supported her family financially after her father had died.

and here assist.

He assisted his brothers to carry their father's coffin.

It's not really useful to try to decide exactly what the words assist and support signify in your two examples. People would interpret them in the light of their own experience.

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  • If you were a hiring manager and an intern told you that he wants to assist/support the finance department, which one should they use ? Feb 24, 2020 at 19:34
  • I would use neither. The intern might assist (people) in the finance department. Certainly support does not work in this context. Feb 24, 2020 at 19:47
  • so you'd say assist the finance team. I thought support was better because I found this : 'assist is a helpful action or an act of giving while support is something which supports often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.' Feb 24, 2020 at 19:50
  • @marquis20019 Our choice of words depends mainly on our experience of their usage. That's what I based my answer on. But, if you are more comfortable with support, there's nothing to stop you using it. Feb 25, 2020 at 9:55

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