to give someone a hand

American Idiom: Give someone a hand

To give someone a hand – means to assist or help someone to do a task. You can also say ‘to lend someone a hand,’ which means the same thing. It’s not about holding your hands here.

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Video Transcript

Excuse me! Can you please give me a hand?

To give someone a hand – means to assist or help someone to do a task. You can also say ‘to lend someone a hand,’ which means the same thing. It’s not about holding your hands here.

Here are example sentences :

James – Hey Grace, my hands are full! Please give me a hand. Please open the door for me.

Grace- Sure, I’d be happy to give you a hand. Let me open the door for you.

Let’s do an exercise so that you can better remember the idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

Please help me to carry this suitcase upstairs.

Please give me a hand to carry this suitcase upstairs.

Question 2:

You are good in math. Please help her with the math assignment.

You are good in math. Please give her a hand with the math assignment.

Practice makes perfect!

A working knowledge of frequently used idioms is essential in order to naturally communicate with Americans. Learn to speak English fluently with Poly Languages.

Give someone a hand.

More questions here!

Question 1:

I’m sorry I’m late. I had to help my neighbor with changing a flat tire.

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Question 2:

No! Anna can’t babysit today. She’s helping me with my homework.

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