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    Would anybody please explain the difference between these?
    A government whose object is good for people.
    A government whose objective is good for people.
    Is there a difference between these two words when they are used as a noun?
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    And, these Descriptions belong to Dictionary Longman. But, I can not yet understand the difference between object and objective at such situations. I am so confused yet.



    Object: AIM( the purpose of a plan, action, or activity.
    Object: the purpose of an action or event.
    Objective: the thing that you are working towards and hope to achieve by the end of a course of action.
    The object of the game is to score as many points as possible.
    Nobody knows the real object of their visit. They are keeping it a secret.
    The object of the game is to improve children's math skill.
    My object is to improve my English as much as possible.( This one is wrong)
    My objective is to improve my English as much as possible. ( This one is right




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    It's a subtle difference. An objective is generally something that a person strives for until they reach the objective, and then the striving is done. An object is something that a thing has by its nature. It never changes.

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


    In this example, since you are a person trying to accomplish something, you would use "objective." But on the other hand, you never actually reach a specific objective, because you can always continue to improve your English. So, if you used "object" I don't think it would be terribly wrong.

    A government whose object is good for people.
    A government whose objective is good for people.


    Here, I would use "object" because a government is not a person but a thing, and its purpose never changes. There is no point at which you could say it has achieved good for the people, and it's done. It is an ongoing process.


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    Thanks. But, what about these ones?


    the object of the game.

    the objective of the game.


    What is the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    Thanks. But, what about these ones?


    the object of the game.

    the objective of the game.


    What is the difference?

    the object of the game. (This one is lazy speech or slang)

    the objective of the game.
    (This is correct)
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