Is it correct to say "I assisted class today" or "the students who ASSISTED class...". I know that I can use ATTEND. I have looked up ASSIST in the dictionary and it lists ATTEND as a synonym.



It's not correct. Attend here means 'to be present at', and that's not what assist means.

Attend has two definitions:

"I attended class today" = "I was present at class today"

The other definition means to deal with or to look after.

"The nurse attended to the patient's needs" = "The nurse dealt with the patient's needs"

This can be used as a synonym for assist. You could also say, "The nurse assisted with the patient's needs."

  • Disagree with assist/attend. To attend to a patient's needs is normally used to describe an individual's efforts acting alone. If the nurse was following the direction of another, one would say that he/she "assisted the other in attending to the patient's needs" – WhatRoughBeast Feb 18 '15 at 17:42
  • I would say assist and attend can be used interchangeably in some contexts. If you aren't 100% sure, the answer is probably "no". – stangdon Feb 18 '15 at 20:28

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