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    object and objective etc.

    Dear teachers,

    I have one question to ask.

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    Both "objective" and "object" can mean "aim". Then what's the difference between the two? Are they interchangeable in the following sentence:
    After you have set your objective you must decide on the concrete measures.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: object and objective etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    After you have set your objective you must decide on the concrete measures.
    I'd use 'objective' in that context.

    objective: something aimed at. (abstraction)
    object: a thing aimed at. (concrete)

    The noun 'objective' refers to an abstraction, whereas the noun 'object' refers to a thing.

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    Re: object and objective etc.

    Dear Casiopea,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. However, I still feel confused. The following sentences are from my dictionaries (my understanding of the words are in brackets). Could you please explain them?

    1. His primary object was to gatin publitity. (abstraction)
    2. The object of the game is to score 100 points. ( If we consider points is what number can show then it is concrete)
    3. The customer will benefit most, and that after all is the object of the exercise. (abstract)
    4. The main object of this policy is to reduce unemploument. (abstraction)

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Have a nice weekend.





    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I'd use 'objective' in that context.

    objective: something aimed at. (abstraction)
    object: a thing aimed at. (concrete)

    The noun 'objective' refers to an abstraction, whereas the noun 'object' refers to a thing.

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    Re: object and objective etc.

    'object' in 1. through 4. is short for objective.

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    Re: object and objective etc.

    What about 3?
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    'object' in 1. through 4. is short for objective.

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    Re: object and objective etc.

    It's not synonymous with "object of attention". It just appears that way.

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    Re: object and objective etc.

    Thank you very much for your further explanation.

    Best wishes,



    Jiang



    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    It's not synonymous with "object of attention". It just appears that way.

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