difference between aid and assistance

tigerduck

Senior Member
German / Switzerland
Hello

Why is in the following sentence only assistance correct? Is there a difference between aid and assistance?

Entrants must design the invention unaided, although those aged 17 or younger may receive aid/assistance from an adult in its construction.

Thanks.
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Frankly, I wouldn't consider "assistance" incorrect in that sentence.

    In some instances, one is preferred or customary, but there is no rule or reasoning behind that.
     

    tigerduck

    Senior Member
    German / Switzerland
    I'm so sorry, assistance and not aid is - according to the boock Ready for CAE the correct solution. I corrected my mistake above.

    However, I still don't know why aid wouldn't work as well.

    Can anybody help?

    Thanks.
     

    Matamoscas

    Senior Member
    Ireland English
    Aid is no longer much used except in ready made expressions First Aid, Foreign Aid, Legal Aid, and maybe 'I came to his aid' (a daughter says 'some people might say this'- meaning old, over the hill people, like her father).
     
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