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Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?
Consider the following sentence:
"His primary OBJECT was to prove that the world was built after the same shape and fashion as the Ark made by the Children of Israel in the desert."
Does 'object' mean the same as 'goal'?
(And is it a more formal word?)
- Lord BaconLv 71 month ago
In this case, it appears the meaning intended by the author was to say "His primary OBJECTIVE was to prove ... etc.", which you, rightly, interpret as meaning 'goal'.
The 'object' of something is its reason to exist or its purpose. An 'objective' is its intended achievement.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Change 'object' to 'objective' as this is more appropriate. 'Goal' works but 'objective' is better.