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To succeed in these tests it is absolutely necessary for you [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 05:17
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To succeed in these tests it is absolutely necessary for you to aim at speed and accuracy.

(A) for you to aim at speed and accuracy.
(B) for you to aim for speed and accuracy.
(C) for you to go for speed and accuracy.
(D) that you aim speed and accuracy.
(E) that you should aim for speed and accuracy.

The explanation of this Q says :
'aim at' is correct when used in the sense of intending to achieve something.
'Aim for' may be used in the context of obtaining something tangible, as in ‘aim for a gold medal at the Olympics’.
Is this explanation right.. i don't see the difference here ?
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Re: SC-Aim at Vs Aim for [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 06:36
I think there are only 2 idioms associated with "aim"
"aim to" and "aim at"

Aim at usually takes a noun object as in aim at a target or in this case aim at (speed) or (accuracy)
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Re: SC-Aim at Vs Aim for [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 07:20
aim at takes a noun

aim to takes a verb

I don't think aim for is idiomatically correct.
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Re: SC-Aim at Vs Aim for [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 07:38
To succeed in these tests it is absolutely necessary for you to aim at speed and accuracy.

(A) for you to aim at speed and accuracy. -> CORRECT -> aim at is used with verbs -> aim at getting higher scores.here in this context aim at speed (implies aim at improving speed)
(B) for you to aim for speed and accuracy. -> incorrect since aim for is followed by a proper noun.for eg : aim for GMAT ,aim for AIIMS.Here aim for higher speed would have been correct but not aim for speed
(C) for you to go for speed and accuracy. -> eliminate unidiomatic to go is actually awkward
(D) that you aim speed and accuracy. -> eliminate since necessary for is correct usage
(E) that you should aim for speed and accuracy.-> eliminate since necessary for is correct usage

IMO (A) kindly post in the OE and OA
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Re: SC-Aim at Vs Aim for [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 12:16
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The explanation of this Q says :
'aim at' is correct when used in the sense of intending to achieve something.
'Aim for' may be used in the context of obtaining something tangible, as in ‘aim for a gold medal at the Olympics’.
Is this explanation right.. i don't see the difference here ?


I’ve checked the dictionary. Both ‘aim at’ and ‘aim for’ are idiomatic. Although there is a slight difference in which context they used, it seems that ‘aim for’ can be used with not tangible things as well. I found no respectable source that states otherwise (if anyone here knows of such a source, I’d like to know about it as well). So I'm a bit confused - because judging from the OE posted, the answer should be A...

Is the source of this question official – I mean OG, GMATPrep etc?
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Re: SC-Aim at Vs Aim for [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 08:17
No... this Q appeared in one of the a test software called crack GMAT :P
That is y i don't trust their explanation
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Re: SC-Aim at Vs Aim for [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 12:08
ok as far as i have seen (GMAT) there are only two idiomatic options using the word 'aim'

aim at
aim to

Crack gmat i m sure is not representative of the official questions
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