Incorrect spelling, explanation: both native users of English and learners tend to spell the word as
pourpose instead of purpose. The form, however, is wrong even in the matter of pronunciation as -pur and -pour are pronounced differently.
Correct spelling, explanation: the word appeared in Middle English when it came from the Old French word porpos. Depending on the context, the word purpose may be either a countable or uncountable noun, but it can also serve as a verb.
Definition of purpose:
1. noun – it can refer to the reason why something happens, to the feeling of meaningfulness or to a need,
What’s the purpose of his bad mood and annoyance?
My children give me a sense of purpose.
Recently, I’ve been feeling a strong purpose to change my work.
2. verb – to intend,
She purposed to destroy my life because of jealousy.
Collocations and idioms with purpose:
Some popular collocations, idioms, and phrases include:
1. accidentally on purpose – when you pretend that you did something by accident, but you actually did it intentionally,
I accidentally on purpose broke this horribly ugly vase.
2. no purpose in something – no point in something,
I can see no purpose in talking to him as I know he won’t change his mind.
3. on purpose – with an intention to do something,
You did it on purpose! How could you?
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