aim /are aimed


Senior Member
I found a sentence in a book as below.

"The goverment programmes are aimed at helping the poor."

However,I have another sentence which was created by myself.
"The goverment programmes aim at helping the poor."I feel that my sentence is good and correct too.

Why the book use the word "are aimed"instead of "aim"?what is the difference?
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    There's nothing wrong with using the active voice instead of the passive there, but you need to alter the construction after "aim" and do it as:

    "The government programmes aim to help the poor".
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