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If they're correct, what's difference between these sentences?

  • Can you help me with that?
  • Can you help me on that?
  • Can you help me about that?

e.g.: I'm trying to find the lyrics of a song and I ask someone if they could help. Which one should I use?

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    They are all correct, though the last seems a bit odd. It depends what the context is to determine which preposition to use. If you could write a few examples for what you are looking for it would help, otherwise this is a very broad question. – Peter Feb 14 '16 at 14:11
  • Now you've edited the post, I'd suggest something like can you help me finding it? – Alejandro Feb 14 '16 at 14:44
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I'm looking for the lyrics of a song.

Can you help me with (finding) that?

Can you help me find that?
Can you help me look for that?
Could you give me some help on that subject?

You are having trouble with something and would like help in dealing with it

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Can you help me with that?

X with Y has a lot of meanings. One meaning is "uses Y in doing/achieving/obtaining X".

So you can think of this as meaning "Can you help me to use/do/get that?"

Can you help me on that?

X on Y has a lot of meanings. One meaning is to say Y is a topic, when X is a conversation or other event where information is exchanged, such as a class, book, etc.

So you can think of this as meaning "Can you give me any help regarding the topic of Y?"

Can you help me about that?

X about Y has a few meanings. One meaning is that Y is something to understand or learn. Another meaning is that you are near Y such that you can be considered exposed to it.

However, about kinda-sorta has an underlying "need" to work like a location (and it also has a less common meaning that's related to location as well). Therefore, verbs with about generally tend to be "directed" with to.

When the meaning is similar to on Y above, the concept is that you are being "exposed" to the knowledge.

Help is not a verb that can take a complement that's a location, so help me about X is weird. But there's other verbs that work fine.

I'm walking about the rose garden. (you're physically in the rose garden)

Show me about the roses. (can mean take me through a rose garden or introduce me about your rose collection)

Can you talk to me about that?

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