Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

Can the verb 'to assist' ever have the meaning of 'to watch'?

For instance, would it make to say:

a) "Did you assist to the birth of your son?"

b) "I assisted to the play "The swan lake."

c) "On your first day of work, you will assisted by a superior."

Note: I remember that in all cases, I wonder if the verb 'to assist' has the same meaning as 'to watch'.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago
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    It does in Brazilian Portuguese, e.g. eu assistí um filme maravilhoso ontem (I saw a great film yesterday), but not in English, I'm afraid...

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  • 9 months ago

    I know that 'assister' in French means 'to be present', but 'assist' in modern English means 'help'.

    Were you present at the birth of your son?

    I attended a performance of 'Swan Lake' last night".

    In the third, it is possible that 'you will be assisted', meaning 'you will be helped', is fine. But perhaps you mean 'You will be observed' or 'supervised'.

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  • 9 months ago

    No it does not mean the same.

    Assisting is a word which involves action.

    Watching involves no action.

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  • susan
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    9 months ago

    I don't think so. Maybe you are thinking of the verb "to attend."

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