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Confused Words | Aid and Aide


The confusion

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The words aid and aide can be confusing. Aid means help whereas aide refers to a person who helps.

Aid or Aide?

aid

The word aid may be used as a noun or a verb.

1. As a noun aid means help, assistance or support.

Example:

  • They sent medical aid to the victims of the earthquake.
  • They gave aid to their allies.

Synonyms:

assistance, support, help, backing, cooperation.

2. As a verb aid means to help; to provide support or assistance.

Example:

  • They aided the scientists in the efforts to find a cure for the disease.

Synonyms:

to help, to assist, to give a helping hand

aide

The word aide is a noun and it refers to a person who helps, a helper or an assistant.

Examples:

  • The news was revealed by a presidential aide.
  • The nurse's aide will bring you a glass of water.

Synonyms:

assistant, helper, adviser, right-hand man/woman.

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