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    #1

    aim at/aim for

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me when I can use "aim for" and when I can use "aim at".
    Are they interchangeable in the sentence below:
    "Her programme will aim at/for extending and deepening understanding."
    Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: aim at/aim for

    In this context I would not use either, but "to": "Her programme will aim to extend and deepen understanding."

    Aim for >> "We are aiming for an arrival time of 8.00p.m."

    Aim at >> "The cannon was aimed at the other ship."

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    #3

    Re: aim at/aim for

    Hi, Anglika.
    Your examples are easy for me to understand. Thank you very much, but in this sentence, I can't still decide which is correct. I think both would be possible.
    "The primary school would aim for/at its students to acquire."
    Thank you very much.


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    #4

    Re: aim at/aim for

    In my modest opinion when you use "at" you are aiming at specific goals. for example :
    • I will aim at punctualtity .
    • I will aim at the shortest route. etc.
    With " aim for" the goals are more "open":
    • The goverment aims for better life conditions in the province of ....
    • We shoud aim for higher ethical values.
    In your case, and following my thumb rule, I would use:

    "Her programme will aim for extending and deepening understanding."
    ( I'm not an englich teacher)

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    #5

    Re: aim at/aim for

    Quote Originally Posted by angelg View Post
    In my modest opinion when you use "at" you are aiming at specific goals. for example :
    • I will aim at punctualtity .
    • I will aim at the shortest route. etc.

    With " aim for" the goals are more "open":
    • The goverment aims for better life conditions in the province of ....
    • We shoud aim for higher ethical values.

    In your case, and following my thumb rule, I would use:

    "Her programme will aim for extending and deepening understanding."
    ( I'm not an englich teacher)


    hello
    though, you answer it well enough. i am agree with you.good answer .

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    Re: aim at/aim for

    Quote Originally Posted by antoins View Post
    hello
    though, you answer it well enough. i am agree with you.good answer .
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    I have read somewhere that a new English Grammar (2006) stated that "I am agree" can be used (which I honestly doubt), but on the other hand I have always heard that "I am agree with you" is a statement that constitutes an illiteracy in the English language.

    Could you as a NES please teach me about it?

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    #7

    Re: aim at/aim for

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    Country: us
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    Current Location: new yark
    First Language: english

    I have read somewhere that a new English Grammar (2006) stated that "I am agree" can be used (which I honestly doubt), but on the other hand I have always heard that "I am agree with you" is a statement that constitutes an illiteracy in the English language.

    Could you as a NES please teach me about it?
    You are of course right kraken, "I am agree with you". is a shocking illiteracy coming from a native speaker of English

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    #8

    Re: aim at/aim for

    Thank you, Bhaisahab.

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    #9

    Re: aim at/aim for

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    Country: us
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    Current Location: new yark
    First Language: english

    I have read somewhere that a new English Grammar (2006) stated that "I am agree" can be used (which I honestly doubt), but on the other hand I have always heard that "I am agree with you" is a statement that constitutes an illiteracy in the English language.

    Could you as a NES please teach me about it?
    I doubt if Antoinis is a native speaker of English. Even his location is written incorrectly... "I am agree" looks like a loan translations from a Spanish. Anyway it is wrong to say " I am agree".
    If he is a native of English, then it was a huge typo.

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    Re: aim at/aim for

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I doubt if Antoinis is a native speaker of English. Even his location is written incorrectly... "I am agree" looks like a loan translations from a Spanish. Anyway it is wrong to say " I am agree".
    If he is a native of English, then it was a huge typo.
    I admit there was a little bit of irony in my post.

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