object vs. objective

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Cyrus the Great, May 6, 2014.

  1. Cyrus the Great Registered Senior Member

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    object(noun) vs. objective(noun)
    I am too confused.
    Would you possibly elaborate( in details) the reason why:

    My object is to improve my English as much as possible.( this one is wrong and objective is right)

    My object is to learn English.( this one is right)

    The object of the game is to improve children's math skill.( this one is right)



    In addition, would you possibly take a glance at the following?


    http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/168145/would-you-tell-me-the-difference-between-object-and-objective-as-a-noun
     
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  3. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    I looked at the link and it seems that your question was answered. The words are essentially synonymous and in many contexts are interchangeable.
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    No, it's not. The correct sentence is: "My objective is to learn English."

    This illustrates the criterion for making the decision. If the word stands alone, then use "objective." But if it is followed by a prepositional phrase that explains the reason/cause/logic/etc. for the desired outcome/accomplishment/etc., then use "object."

    There are exceptions to this and you won't always be right, but you will be right 99% of the time.

    They make the same mistake: "My object is to improve my English..." This is not a reliable source for instruction. I strongly urge you not to use it again.
     
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  7. Cyrus the Great Registered Senior Member

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  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    The discussion of the meanings of the words "object" and "objective" raises some good points. But the explanation of their proper usage is difficult to follow.

    This is not an authoritative site. It appears to be similar to SciForums, but there's no moderator.

    Anyone who uses the slang word "firstly" in an academic discussion is not an authority.
     

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