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Aim for /Aim at in archery or gunnery

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Qubit, May 11, 2010.

  1. Qubit Senior Member

    Madrid (España)
    Español de España / Spanish (Spain)
    Hi everyone!,

    I've got a question related with the use of "aim for" and "aim at" when it means point accurately with a gun.

    I thought that the proper way of saying it is using "aim at" , for instance

    "He's aiming at your head"

    this is what the dictionary says actually...

    But after some time of living in England and watching English TV I'd swear that I've heard

    "He's aiming for your head", or "Aim for the head!", something like that.

    Which is the correct one?, I'm a little bit confused as "aiming for the head" has about 5 million hits in google..!

    thanks so much!
     
  2. daviesri Senior Member

    Houston, TX
    USA English
    They are interchangeable. Either is OK to use. 'Aim at' is my personal preference but I know others who prefer 'aim for'.
     

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