Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie here, but I've been enjoying this forum for several months. So first, I would like to say "thank you" for everyone.

Basically, my question is that I a bit confused with the following statement.

I want to point out that you don't say "effort" here. You should rather say "help" or "support." You say "effort" to someone who is working for you, like your subordinate, staff or student, not to someone who is mentoring your PhD thesis.

To me, "effort" and "help" in this context seem the same. Anyhow, thank you in advance!!


Welcome to the Forum.

The statement is good advice.

'Effort' focuses on the idea that the person is trying. It does not really focus on the idea of assisting another person.

'Help' and 'support' focus more on the idea that the person wants to assist another person.

Best wishes, Clive
Thanks, Clive. Now I understand the difference betweeen "effort" and "help." Thank you!

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Thank you.!
Thank you Clive!
I would have to say that the statement ,"thank you for your effort" or "thank you for your help/ support" would be solely be dependent on your own discretion of whether or not the task at hand was completed to the point of satisfactory level. "Effort" being used cause their help or support was not completed to satisfactory level and didn't help the cause at all (ie the old college try) and "help/support" being used when their effort had been completed to satisfactory level thus being helpful to the cause. I could be wrong... But thats my effort in hopes of being helpful to your cause.
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Hi, I was the one who replied with usage being dependent on sarussatisfactory level. I did not read your question thoroughly. In the context support/help and effort aren't the same bcs the mentoring is thus the physical action of help, per se.