When do I use "aid" as a transitive verb and when do I use "aid in" (aid as an intransitive verb)?
According to Macmillan English Dictionary
[INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE] to help something to happen more easily or with fewer problems
- Gentle exercise aids the circulation of blood around the body.
- Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron.
The two examples look similar to me. Why does the first one use "aid" and the second one use "aid in"?
One thread I have checked doesn't directly address my question. Difference between aid and aid in