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    • Join Date: Aug 2008
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    #1

    difference between purpose and reason

    hi everybody,

    I would like to know what's the main difference between a purpose and a reason.

    Thanks


    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    #2

    Re: difference between purpose and reason

    Ok, here we go:

    By consulting an English dictionary of definitions, I have found both terms:

    Purpose: The quality of being determined to do or achieve something.

    Reason: The capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination.

    By consulting an English-French dictionary, I could find the translation for both terms:

    Purpose: But, résolution.

    Reason: Raison.

    And finally, I give you an example of the use of both words in English:

    - Her purpose is to help sick people.

    - The reason for his behaviour was not clear.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #3

    Re: difference between purpose and reason

    Quote Originally Posted by diegojenzer View Post
    hi everybody,

    I would like to know what's the main difference between a purpose and a reason.

    Thanks
    Welcome to the forums.

    Purpose = the reason why you do something or something exits:

    His purpose of life is to enjoy himself.

    Reason = the cause of an event or situation, or something which provides an excuse or explanation

    The reason for the crash was the failure of the car's brakes.


    • Join Date: Aug 2008
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    Re: difference between purpose and reason

    allright, i found something too...

    in my searches i got that a purpose is like an objective..and a reason is "le pourquoi" in french, the cause...

    thanks a lot everybody...

    PS: yeah i'm new in the forum... i do speak french and portuguese too... so the post Vanmee made helped me a lot

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