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Target vs Goal

Which is the difference between "target" and "goal"?


When can I use it in a sentence?


Thanks in advance!

Dec 17, 2014 11:26 AM
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In the United States these words are basically synonymous.

You can usually use them interchangeably. A target can sometimes just be a "goal" that is more specifically described. 

December 19, 2014

What is the difference between "target" and "goal"?


The difference is that the word "target" describes a physical object like this:


While the word "goal" describes a desire or a challenge someone sets themself. Like, "I want to run a marathon in under 3 hours."

December 17, 2014

Sorry ... 'usually' numerical


December 18, 2014

A target is usual numerical in some way. In business, a target might be a profit of xx dollars, the number of products sold, or the number of new client accounts opened. Personally, a target could be aiming to lose 10 kg before the end of the year.


A goal can be much more abstract - it can be anything at all that you are aiming to achieve.

December 18, 2014
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