Aim At

Aim At

Infinitive: Aim At
Present Tense: Aim At/ Aims At
-ing Form: Aiming At
Past Tense: Aimed At
Past Participle: Aimed At
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in three ways
  1. 1

    To point a weapon at someone or something.

    In archery class, we learned how to aim the bow and arrow at the target to hit the bull's eye.
    Never aim a gun at someone you don't intend to shoot.

  2. 2

    To intend to achieve.

    The Seattle Seahawks are aiming at another Superbowl win.
    Let's aim at waking up early tomorrow to run.

  3. 3

    To create for a particular demographic.

    Did you see that diet commercial aimed at people who want to gain weight?
    There needs to be more television programs aimed at men 35 years and older.

Aim At
  1. We need to really ______ _______ recycling better.
  2. Why are you so upset? His words weren't _____ ____ you.
  3. The lady shrieked when the man _______ his gun ____ her.
  4. Harold loves to play those arcade games where you ______ a plastic gun ____ the zombies.
  5. Great! We met our sales goal for this quarter. Now let's ____ ____ doubling it for next quarter.

Listen for the phrasal verb Aim At in this insightful video clip from the movie Crimes and Misdemeanors

  1. Professor Levy: You will notice that what we are ________ ___ when we fall in love is a very strange paradox. The paradox consists of the fact that, when we fall in love, we are seeking to re-find all or some of the people to whom we were attached as children. On the other hand, we ask our beloved to correct all of the wrongs that these early parents or siblings inflicted upon us. So that love contains in it the contradiction: The attempt to return to the past and the attempt to undo the past.

    But we must always remember that when we are born we need a great deal of love to persuade us to stay in life. Once we get that love, it usually lasts us. But the universe is a pretty cold place. It’s we who invest it with our feelings. And under certain conditions, we feel that the thing isn’t worth it anymore.
  2. What was his speech about?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • We need to really aim at recycling better.
    Why are you so upset? His words weren’t aiming at you.
    The lady shrieked when the man aimed his gun at her.
    Harold loves to play those arcade games where you aim a plastic gun at the zombies.
    Great! We met our sales goal for this quarter. Now let’s aim at doubling it for next quarter

  • Viacheslav Levashov

    We need to really aim at recycling better.
    Why are you so upset? His words weren’t aiming at you.
    The lady shrieked when the man aimed his gun at her.
    Harold loves to play those arcade games where you aim a plastic gun at the zombies.
    Great! We met our sales goal for this quarter. Now let’s aim at doubling it for next quarter.

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