Definition of their: of or relating to them or themselves especially as possessors, agents, or objects of an action

If I assist them, can I say their assistance (as object of an action)?

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You can speak of 'going to their assistance' meaning 'going to help them'.

  • Technically, can I say ‘thank you for my help’ instead of ‘thank you for your help’ to express I thank you for your helping me?
    – user137971
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 12:35
  • No, you can't. [Go] to someone's assistance is idiomatic, but in other expressions it's always giving your help/assistance to them. Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 13:12

:Q. If I assist them, can I say ‘their assistance’ (object of an action)?

A. No, the sentence makes no sense.

If you assist them you would be their assistant

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