Grammar Patterns

the N be to-inf

The 'aim' group

These nouns refer to an aim or objective.
The aim is to encourage town-dwellers to grow vegetables on small plots of land.
The idea was to make the design of the boat simple.
  • aim
  • goal
  • idea
  • intent
  • intention
  • object
  • objective
  • point
  • priority
  • purpose
  • With aim, goal, idea, object, objective, point, and purpose, the noun may be followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with of. This pattern is the N of n v-link to-inf.
    He said the purpose of his visit was to promote cooperation for mutual benefit.

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