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Aid vs. Aide

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The English language is full of confusing words that sound alike and are spelled alike. Today’s two words are no exception. Aid and aide are homophones, which means they sound the same when verbally spoken, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings.

In this article, we will talk about the differences between these two words: aid vs. aide. We will go over their definitions and their uses in a sentence. Plus, at the end of the post, we will give you a trick to easily remember the difference. After reading this post, you won’t even again second-guess yourself by thinking, “Should I use aid or aide?”

Origin:

Aid originated in late Middle English: from Old French aide (noun), aidier (verb), based on Latin adjuvare, from ad- ‘towards’ + juvare ‘to help’.

Aid as noun:

Aid is used as a noun in English language which means help, typically of a practical nature.

He saw the pilot slumped in his cockpit and went to his aid.

Aid alos means financial or material help given to a country or area in need.

700,000 tons of food aid was provided by UNICEF.

Aid as verb:

Aid is also used as a verb which means to help or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something.

Women were aided in childbirth by midwives.

To promote or encourage (something) is also termed as aid.

Diet and exercise aid healthy skin.

Aide as noun:

Aide is only used as a noun in English language which means an assistant to an important person, especially a political leader.

The presidential aide was here.

Examples:

A senior aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury has ridiculed the Bishop of London over his handling of the St Paul’s protest. [Evening Standard]

These early physical therapists, known as reconstruction aides, received orders from physicians but did not evaluate patients. [Wellness and Physical Therapy, Sharon Fair]

 

A 19-year-old teacher aide has been charged with grooming a girl while working at an intermediate school. [New Zealand Herald]

South Korean officials said Tuesday the country has approved $6.94 million in aid to be sent to its neighbor. [CNN]

Prospective hearing aid users were allowed to adjust their aids for comfort during all of these listening experiences. [Aural Rehabilitation, Raymond H. Hull]

Murphy and Falchuk are aided by a strong cast including a scene-stealing Jessica Lange as the very steely magnolia next door. [Independent]

Aid or aide:

Aid can function as a noun and a verb, and its general meaning has to do with material help or assistance (especially economic). An aide is an assistant or helper. Aide is only used as a noun and usually refers to the assistant of an important person, especially a political leader. If you have so much that you need a helper, you might get an aide. Aide and helper both have “E’s” in them.

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