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    #1

    aim at/ aim to

    It seems to me that there is no obvious difference between "aim to" and "aim at"; however, there should be trivial difference between any 2 expressions. May I know how they differ in usage?

    1. The course aims to provide an exclusive platform for students to exchange ideas.

    2. The course aims at providing an exclusive platform for students to exchange ideas.

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    Re: aim at/ aim to

    I am not a teacher.


    I don't think it's aim at/aim to, but rather aim at/aim.


    You either aim at + verb(ing) or aim + to infinitive. I don't see any significant difference in meaning.

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    #3

    Re: aim at/ aim to

    "The course aims at providing ..." is completely unnatural.

    "The course aims to provide ..." is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: aim at/ aim to

    I do not understand, ems. Is it unnatural because the verb provide ends in –ing? If not, may I know why it is unnatural?

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    #5

    Re: aim at/ aim to

    Aim at a target.
    Aim to hit a target.

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    #6

    Re: aim at/ aim to

    You aim at something because you want to hit it (a target). You aim to do something because you want to accomplish that objective.

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