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I am drafting a sentence like this:

I aim at doing XXX, and also doing YYY

As far as I can see, after "and also" I should use doing as to be consistent with the first doing. However, someone told me that it is more common to use do following the and also.

Could anyone shed some lights here? Thank you!

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Well, first of all you should say "I aim to do XXX" therefore in the second sentence you should say "and also to YYY" since you no longer need "do" or "doing" in the second sentence.
I aim at doing something. = I strive to do something.
I aim to do something. = I attempt/plan to do something.

If you're actually going for the meaning of "aim at", you probably wouldn't put "doing" before your XXX and YYY. It'd go like this:
"I aim at getting my startup started,and finishing university at the same time/simultaneously."
"I aim at cleaning the house before the guests arrive, and buying groceries as well."
So you're going for a verb with ing for the second one.

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  • Thank you a lot! Then if the first and the second verbs are not the same, let's say I aim to work on XXX, and also design YYY. Should I say and also to design or and also design? Nov 21, 2017 at 22:08
  • Yes that's work,no "to" needed although it's exactly wrong to put it there, you could get rid of the"also" as well but it might not get your point entirely across. read my answer again i added some stuff
    – Virgilius
    Nov 21, 2017 at 22:11
  • @Virgilius I think there is a typo in your answer. You may grammatically say "I aim to build a house and also to build a barn" or "I aim to build a house and also a barn." But it is not grammatical to say "I aim to build a house and also to barn" as you imply in your first paragraph. By the way, nice work on the distinction between "aim to" and "aiming at." Nov 21, 2017 at 22:58
  • @jeff-morrow I see why you'd think that's what i'm implying, but since there are many different formulas you can put as XXX or YYY i can't account for all of them, I assumed that the YYY is a verb not a noun.
    – Virgilius
    Nov 21, 2017 at 23:08
  • You go on to explain what 'I aim at doing something' means, so your 'Well, first of all you should say "I aim to do XXX" ' is illogical. Nov 22, 2017 at 1:12

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