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26 / 03 / 2004

ATTEND vs. ASSIST: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we look at another pair of verbs that are false friends: attend and assist.

Attend means: to be present at an activity or an event or to go regularly to a school, church or other organisation.

Example 1
I attended secondary school in a foreign country; it was a great experience.

Example 2
Where were you? I told you that attending the meeting was obligatory!

Assist means: to help someone.

Example 3
assisted the old woman off the bus.

Both of these verbs have noun equivalents: attendance and assistance

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a relaxing weekend!