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    Default towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to tell me whether I am on the right track with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Towards this end methanol was administered.
    To this end we investigated several compaunds.

    towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 20-Jan-2009 at 12:04.

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    Default Re: towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to tell me whether I am on the right track by my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Towards this end methanol was administered.
    To this end we investigated several compaunds.

    towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    "...whether I am on the right track with my interpretation of the expression..."
    Track means a path along which you move. This movement takes time; it is a process, a series of changes in the state of progress in metaphorical sense. I would not use the idiom in your context, which of course does not mean that people with deeper insight into English than mine (there ar ea lot of them out there) will not accept your sentence.

    compaund is compound

    to this end - Wiktionary

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    Default Re: towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    'On the right track' is perfectly correct, I agree that it is better with 'with'.

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    Default Re: towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to tell me whether I am on the right track by my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Towards this end methanol was administered.
    To this end we investigated several compaunds.

    towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Yes vil you are on the right track with your interpretation, they mean 'with that end in view'.

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    Default Re: towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes vil you are on the right track with your interpretation, they mean 'with that end in view'.
    Bhaisahab, you have a difficult name. I had fun and games spelling it out. Would you please point out where I went off the track with my interpretation? Or why you hink the idiom is okay? Thanks.

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    Default Re: towards this end = to the end = with that end in view

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Bhaisahab, you have a difficult name. I had fun and games spelling it out. Would you please point out where I went off the track with my interpretation? Or why you hink the idiom is okay? Thanks.
    'On the right track' is an accepted idiom which means: going in the right direction, following the correct path, whether literally or figuratively. So someone who is searching for something, either physical or abstract can be said to be 'on the right track', if they are in sight of finding what they are looking for.

    Bhaisahab is Hindi, it means elder brother, when I lived and worked in India, my younger colleagues called me bhaisahab.

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