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

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Elaine Koh, May 26, 2017.

  1. 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.
     
  2. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    Devon
    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.
     
  3. Elaine Koh Senior Member

    Singapore English
    Thanks.
     

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