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In a book about the philosopher Collingwood, I have found the following statement about logic. At first glance, it seems to me that the change from aim to to aim at is merely stylistic, but I think that it could also be possible that there might be a certain either grammatical or logical explanation for the difference.

"On the one hand it is descriptive, and aims to give an account of how we actually think; on the other hand it is normative, and aims at giving an account of the ideal of thought, the way in which we ought to think."

Is the difference merely stylistic?

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    The first is simply indicative verb +infinitive, the second indicative verb +at+gerund. And it applies to all kinds of verbs "tries to/at", "pretends to/at", "hopes to/at", "helps to/at", "fails to/at". Or "succeeds to/ in" etc. – WS2 Nov 27 '18 at 23:23
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Most likely, the author makes the change to avoid how boring it would be to use the exact same phrase twice in a row. The bolded phrases are not different in meaning.

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