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    goal and aim

    Are these sentences all possible? Do they sound natural?
    1. They are not likely to attain this aim in the given time.
    2. They are unlikely to reach this goal.
    3. They are probably able to attain/reach their set goal by the end of this decade.

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    Re: goal and aim

    1. attain this aim is not right.
    2. I don't like reach much with goal. achieve would be better.
    3. There's a few things I'd like to change about this sentence. It doesn't sound good to me. I prefer They will probably be able to achieve their goal by the end of the decade.

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    Re: goal and aim

    I don't understand why "attain this aim" is not right. Nor "reach this goal" . Please explain.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by probus; 02-Feb-2017 at 04:44.

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    Re: goal and aim

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I don't understand why "attain this aim" is not right. Nor "reach this goal" . Please explain.
    I'll try. My reaction was based on how I think these words are best used:

    I understand aim as the direction you want to go in, or the intention to go somewhere or do something. For example, I aim to finish the project by the end of the week. If I do finish the project on time, what I've achieved is finishing the project on time, not the aim of doing so.

    The collocation of reach and goal felt uncomfortable in my mind. The image of the concept 'goal' I have in my mind is something like it is in sport. In football, for example, when you reach the goal, you still haven't necessarily scored. I suppose I'm seeing a goal more as something you have to do than as somewhere you have to get to. Thus, the collocations score a goal and achieve a goal sound better to me. (I must admit that after thinking about this more, I've changed my mind -- I've reached my goal of thirty days without smoking. -- sounds fine to me, even though I think I would use target.)

    Sorry to confuse anyone. What do others think?

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