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what is the difference between obtain and attain? obtain,attain,acquire,gain all of them have the same meaning“获得” But what is there to differ between them ?
Feb 11, 2011 6:21 AM
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Obtain means 1.Come into possession of "How did you obtain the visa?" 2.Receive a specified treatment (abstract) 3.Be valid, applicable, or true While attain means 1.To gain with effort 2.Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level 3.Find unexpectedly 4.Reach a destination, either real or abstract cowboy...
February 11, 2011
The main difference is that some mean to get actual things, and others mean to achieve something or reach a goal. To obtain or acquire means to get or buy a physical object (car, house, shoes, MP3 player, etc.). To attain or gain means to get something that is not physical (power, influence, a job, a title, someone's love, etc.).
February 11, 2011
Reading the rest of your question, I see some that have not yet been answered. Obtain and acquire are synonyms. Attain and gain are sometimes synonyms. Cowboy gives a very good distinction between obtain and attain. Sometimes gain is used in a manner that differs from the others. It can also mean to obtain something additional. For instance, when we get heavier, we say "I've gained weight."
February 12, 2011
February 11, 2011
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