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Difference between 'intention' and 'purpose'



 
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Difference between 'intention' and 'purpose' #1 (permalink) Fri Sep 22, 2006 14:00 pm   Difference between 'intention' and 'purpose'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #125 "Synonyms for task and duty", question 8

In that case, why don't you come home so that I can explain to you exactly the main ......... of my homework.

(a) intention
(b) purpose
(c) end
(d) object

Synonym Search, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #125 "Synonyms for task and duty", answer 8

In that case, why don't you come home so that I can explain to you exactly the main purpose of my homework.

Correct answer: (b) purpose
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Can you explain me the difference between ' intention' and'purpose'?

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Intention #2 (permalink) Fri Sep 22, 2006 14:22 pm   Intention
 

Hi,

The two words are linked. Intention suggests what you have in mind to do, purpose suggests the reason behind the intention.

You could have the intention to pass your examinations and the purpose is to get a better job.

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