The words aid and aide are often used incorrectly. It’s an understandable mistake—there’s only one letter distinguishing them, after all.

Here’s a quick guide to help you to use these words correctly in your own writing:

The word aid means “help” or “assistance.” It can be used as a noun, adjective, and a verb. When used as a verb, aid means “to help.”

The word aide is a noun meaning “a helper” or “an assistant.” It refers to a person.

Examples:

  • There are several organizations that provide food, supplies, and other aid to struggling families.
  • In the television show The West Wing, Dulé Hill played the presidential aide Charlie Young.
  • Congrats on your new role! I’m sure you’ll enjoy aiding the marketing team in creating the web content plan.
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