Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Purpose = (1) what you hope to achieve by doing something; intention: ‘The main purpose of the trip is to see Helen’s parents.’ ‘Their purpose in coming here is to promote Australian culture.’ (2) aim: ‘Sometimes her life seemed to lack purpose or meaning.’

Reason = the thing that causes someone to do something; an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon: ‘The reason why I have come here is to improve my English.’ ‘Did they give you a reason for rejecting your application?’

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