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attain or obtain, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, Quiz
|Which is correct?
Application streaming and virtualization can help you _______ greater network efficiency.
Explanation: To attain is to achieve something, often through dint of effort. For example, you might attain a speed of 40 mph cycling (assuming you’re Lance Armstrong). Or you might attain a height of 6 feet.
To obtain just means to get and, in general, to get a physical object.
Paul Brian’s Common Errors in English Usage covers attain vs. obtain.