One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I spend much of my time assisting the chef’
help, aid, abet, lend a hand to, lend a helping hand to, give assistance to, be of use to, oblige, accommodate, serve, be of service to, do someone a service, do someone a favour, do someone a good turn, bail someone out, come to someone's rescue
cooperate with, collaborate with, work with
succour, encourage, support, back, back up, second, be a tower of strength to
informal pitch in with, get someone out of a tight spot, save someone's bacon, save someone's skin, give someone a leg up
British informal muck in with, get stuck in with
2‘the exchange rates assisted the massive expansion of trade’
facilitate, aid, ease, make easier, expedite, spur, promote, boost, give a boost to, benefit, foster, encourage, stimulate, precipitate, accelerate, advance, further, forward, help along, contribute to, be a factor in, smooth the way for, clear a path for, open the door for, oil the wheels of
informal jack up, hike, hike up
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