Purpose Vs Goal – Practical Explanation

Mastering synonyms is one of the most important skills if you want to speak fluent English.

Did you know, for example, that the English word “beautiful” has over 60 synonyms they use in everyday conversations? How many of those do you use when speaking English? Synonyms for “beautiful” are the subject of another article.

Today we’re going to look at the difference between “purpose” and “goal” – two synonyms. Before we dive in, however, it’s very important for you to understand that most synonyms do not mean the same thing. Once again: most synonyms do not have the same meaning.

They are similar but slightly different and if you use them the wrong way, it doesn’t sound nice. It might even confuse your conversation partners to such a degree they won’t understand what you mean.

Let’s look at two synonyms: “purpose” and “goal”. To put it simply, “purpose” is the reason why you’re doing something and “goal” is a measurable thing you want to achieve. “Purpose” is usually more general, while “goal” is more specific. That’s why you can speak of your “life purpose” but you can’t say “life goal”.


For example:

My goal is to spend at least two hours a week studying English. (=The specific step you take: you spend two hours studying English.)

My purpose is to speak fluent English. (= Why I want to do it: to speak fluent English.)

If you confuse the two words, you can baffle your conversation partner.

Now, decide if the following sentences are correct or not. You’ll find the solutions at the end of the article.

1, The purpose of our company is to reduce CO2 emission in Europe.

2, Without specific purposes, we can’t complete this project.

3,  Being a good spouse is her life goal.

Don’t forget that setting goals without a purpose is a fruitless business. First, you need to know the reason why you do something, then set specific goals.

Your purpose might be to speak English like a native speaker. However, if you don’t have specific goals, you can’t get very far.

You have a purpose – to speak amazing, confident English that can open even the heaviest doors in life, whether you want to get your dream job or apply for the best scholarship. However, if you don’t set specific goals, you can easily drift away from your purpose and fail to improve your English.

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Solutions: 1: Correct, 2: NOT Correct, 3: NOT Correct