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    Hi!

    Which one is correct?

    1. My aim is learning English.
    2. My aim is to learn English.

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    The verb aim takes a to-infinitive.

    Does that help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    The verb aim takes a to-infinitive.

    Does that help?
    Is "aim" a verb in the given sentence? I think it's a noun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Is "aim" a verb in the given sentence? I think it's a noun.
    It is a noun. What's your advice, Harry. The floor is yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    It is a noun. What's your advice, Harry. The floor is yours.
    I just want you to use it as a verb followed by an infinitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I just want you to use it as a verb followed by an infinitive.
    OK, but what say you when it functions as a noun and is followed by a form of the verb to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    OK, but what say you when it functions as a noun and is followed by a form of the verb to be?

    I think "aim" and "to aim" have different usage. As to when it functions as a noun and is followed by a form of the verb to be I say you are right.

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    I aim to please.

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    Ok Ok you two, stop being cute
    "to learn" is a subject complement here and the choice between a gerund or an infinitive (and the usual "realized" or "unrealized" distinction) relies on the context, which is this case is simply the subject (noun: aim)
    Because "aim" here is inherently abstract (and unrealized), an infinitive complement is the natural choice!
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