They are friends to no one. Once they have achieved what they want they won't help th

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A country is helping other financially because they do have some selfish motives to achieve or some vested interests in that country. Can I say the following?

1) They don't have affinity with anyone. They are helping them to achieve their aspirations.

2) They are nobody's friends. They are helping them out of selfishness.

3) They are friends to no one. Once they have achieved what they want they won't help them any more.

Please check my sentences.
 

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Try:

They are helping them in order to achieve their own ends.

There is a reason I didn't try to correct your sentences. Can you guess what that is?
 
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Try:

They are helping them in order to achieve their own ends.

There is a reason I didn't try to correct your sentences. Can you guess what that i

No.

I would like to know about these in particular "1) They don't have affinity with anyone 2) They are nobody's friends 3) They are friends to no one."
 
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Probably because they are contorted and too lengthy. We tend to go for the shortest way of expressing something, without including unnecessary details. Most conversations do not resemble legal contracts- there's no need to try to cram in everything that could possibly be misunderstood.
 

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You could shorten my sentence (in post #2), and say:

They are helping them to achieve their own ends.

In other words, they are not doing what they are doing out of the goodness of their hearts.
 
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