12 Other Ways to Ask for Help in English

Here I will give you 12 other ways to ask for help in English

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12 Other Ways to Ask for Help in English

Hi there. This is Harry. And welcome back to our English lessons. We’re going to talk to you today about the word help and look at different ways in which you can ask for help.

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Let’s look at the ways in which we can say or ask for help.

Help is the very short word and we can just say help. Somebody would come running or somebody would say: ‘What’s wrong, what’s wrong?’

Just very simply to say Help.

Just put a little bit of stress on it to show that you need some help. Either you’re going to drop something or you’ve tripped or fallen or something like that.

So instead of just screaming out, what other ways to ask for help in English you can use?

We can just simply say to somebody:

Can you help me, please?

Very simple. And instead of can, you can replace it with one of the other modal verbs.

Could you help me, please?

Will you help me, please?

Exactly the same meaning, but just different ways to to, to express it.

I need some assistance.

A little bit more form. It could be in an office situation. The boss’s struggling. He said:

I think I need some assistance with this problem or this spreadsheet or my computer. Something’s happened so I need some assistance.

Could you give me a hand?

It means will you please help me?

This is heavy. Could you give me a hand?

I need to shift the bed so I can hoover, could you give me a hand?

I need to move the TV into the other corner to put the Christmas tree. Could you give me a hand?

So just different ways to ask for help.

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Could you hold that?

This is another way to express it. You have something that you you have in your hands and you want to do something elseso you say:

Could you hold that, please?

Meaning could you help me? Just hold that while I work out this other problem or while I pay. Hold my bag or hold my coat or hold something. Could you hold that? 

I need your support

Again another way to ask for help. Perhaps there’s a vote coming up and you’re involved in the vote you’re standing for election to a little group or a committee or something more important and you ask somebody for the help:

I need your support. Will you vote for me? Will you get your friends to vote for me?

Would you mind helping me, please?

Again a little bit more formal. It is a bit more polite. 

Adding would or could in front of is making it less direct and more polite. Another one is

Could you do me a favour?

Will you do me a favour?

Can you do me a favour? Could you pick up my laundry when you’re going past the shop?

Could you do me a favour asking for somebody to give you a little bit of help. 

Something a little less formal and even less informal bit of slang:

Could you give me a digout?

Very British English. To dig out means to help literally when you dig a hole is to take somebody out of a problem.

Could you give me a digout meaning could you help me with this. Often that is used when somebody wants to perhaps borrow some money from you.

Could you lend me a hand?

Meaning just help me for a few minutes or 20 minutes or whatever it might be, lend me a hand.

Or you could just simply say without asking a question:

I need a helping hand

I need somebody to come into the kitchen and help me with this dinner.

And then finally

Could someone help me, please? 

So lots and lots of different ways in which you can ask for help.

Let me just give them to you again:

  • Help – the simple scream for help
  • Could/can/will you help me, please? 
  • I need some assistance
  • Could you give me a hand 
  • Could you lend me a hand
  • Could you hold that
  • I need your support
  • Would you mind helping me? 
  • Could you do me a favour?
  • Could you give me a digout?
  • I need a helping hand
  • Could someone help me, please 

Okay. Join me again soon. Thanks 

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