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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 1:40:35 PM

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I needed help on/in/with finding the book.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 2:05:28 PM

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All of those go. I'd use in. On a second thought I'd probably use with.
Let me think, maybe on. Prepositions are not my thing. I use the one that comes to mind.

tautophile
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 2:15:37 PM
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You don't need any of those prepositions. "I need help finding the book" is fine.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 2:16:05 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I needed help on/in/with finding the book.


I'd use "in" or "with". Using "in" conveys the idea of helping "in" the task of finding the book, while using "with" conveys a very similar idea. This usage of "with" conveys the idea of accomplishing or performing some action. For example: Do you need help in/with repairing your car?"

Using "on" is rare, though I have heard someone say, "I need help on this". However, this sense of "on" is similar to "with". The person needed help "on" the task they were trying to accomplish, but this isn't the best preposition to use.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 5:01:56 PM

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I was so attended to the preposition, I couldn't think of the fourth option. No preposition at all! Thanks, tauto!
Wang Yirun (Gesps)
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:48:37 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
All of those go. I'd use in. On a second thought I'd probably use with.
Let me think, maybe on. Prepositions are not my thing. I use the one that comes to mind.

me too!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 7:02:46 AM

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Wang, stop!
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