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"Intend" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "estar destinado a", and "aim" is a noun which is often translated as "el objetivo". Learn more about the difference between "intend" and "aim" below.
intend(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be targeted at; used with "for")
a. estar destinado a
Do you think her comments about dishonest people were intended for me?¿Crees que sus comentarios sobre las personas deshonestas estaban destinados a mí?
b. ser para
The new park is intended for children under the age of eight.El parque nuevo es para niños menores de ocho años.
c. ir dirigido a
That hand signal was intended for you.Esa seña con la mano iba dirigida a ti.
2. (to have as one's purpose; followed by a noun)
a. tener la intención de
I'm sorry. I never intended any offense.Lo siento. Nunca tuve la intención de ofender.
b. ser la intención de
He intended no disrespect, he's just a bit rough.No fue su intención faltar el respeto. Es solamente que es algo tosco.
3. (to plan or want to do something; followed by the infinitive)
a. tener pensado
I intend to take the family to the beach this weekend.Tengo pensado llevar a la familia a la playa este fin de semana.
b. tener la intención de
We intend to finish painting the house by nightfall.Tenemos la intención de terminar de pintar la casa al anochecer.
c. pensar
Erica intends to study medicine.Erica piensa estudiar medicina.
d. querer
I intend to wake up early and run tomorrow morning.Quiero levantarme temprano y salir a correr mañana por la mañana.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm sure she didn't intend to break the glass.Estoy seguro de que no rompió el vaso a propósito.
This book is intended to help young students.Este libro está dirigido a estudiantes jóvenes.
4. (to plan for someone; often used with "for")
a. querer que
I intend for my children to study abroad.Quiero que mis hijos estudien en el exterior.
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aim(
eym
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (goal)
a. el objetivo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The project's aim is to reduce poverty in rural communities.El objetivo del proyecto es reducir la pobreza en las comunidades rurales.
b. el propósito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Kim's aim is to be the best gymnast in her state.El propósito de Kim es de ser la mejor gimnasta en su estado.
2. (pointing skill)
a. la puntería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You have good aim. You got a bullseye every time.Tienes buena puntería. Diste en el blanco todas las veces.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to point)
a. apuntar
She aimed the crossbow at the target and fired.Ella apuntó la ballesta hacia el blanco y disparó.
4. (to address)
a. dirigir (comment)
The reporter's questions were all aimed at the candidate from New Jersey.Todas las preguntas del reportero iban dirigidas al candidato de Nueva Jersey.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to point)
a. apuntar
Adjust the exposure of the camera, aim, and shoot.Ajusta la exposición de la cámara, apunta y dispara.
6. (to aspire)
a. aspirar
If you don't win this year, that's ok because it gives you something to aim for next year.Si no ganas este año, no pasa nada porque así tienes algo a lo que aspirar el próximo año.
7. (to intend)
a. pretender
He is aiming to finish his novel this year.Pretende terminar su novela este año.
b. proponerse
The committee aims to clean the water supply.El comité se propone limpiar el abastecimiento del agua.
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