...all activities during the camp should be aimed...

Elaine Koh

Senior Member
Singapore English
Our Reverend emphasised that a camp should not be conducted as a mere event without intent; instead, all activities during the camp should be aimed at furthering our propagation spirit.

The above is from a Buddhist magazine.

Should 'be aimed' be changed to 'aimed' instead?

Thanks.
 
  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    No. If you used the active sense rather than the passive it would be "... all activities during the camp should aim at furthering ...", but the activities cannot, of themselves, aim at anything. It is the person who devises the activities who does the aiming, so the passive form is preferable.
     

    Elaine Koh

    Senior Member
    Singapore English
    No. If you used the active sense rather than the passive it would be "... all activities during the camp should aim at furthering ...", but the activities cannot, of themselves, aim at anything. It is the person who devises the activities who does the aiming, so the passive form is preferable.
    Thanks.
     
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