what is the difference between to help and to help out?
Hi Little Parrot,
Below a very clear explanation I founded out on the website "wordreference".
The author is Il fuoco, senior member.
'To help' can be followed with another verb (in the infinitive) which is the action that the subject is 'helping' to do, i.e.:
He is helping me to (optional) move.
Someone needs to help me finish this cake!
'To help [qqn] out' cannot do this; it merely means to help without this specificity of how the subject is helping, so you can say:
He helped me out of a mess back there.
We decided to help him out.
He helped me out to move
Someone needs to help me out finish this cake
However, you can say:
She helped me out by driving me to the airport when my car broke down.