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Hello Amy,
I'm not sure if I should say "don't lose focus of your goal" or "don't lose focus on your goal", or if both ways are grammatically correct? In other words, are both of the following sentences grammatically correct?
1. Don't lose focus of your goal, for if you do, you'll never achieve it.
2. Don't lose focus on your goal, for if you do, you'll never achieve it.

Hi Glen,

well... none of the two versions you're suggesting works for me. I'd say: "stay focused on your goal", or "keep your eyes on the target/prize" (this second version won't work too well in the context above though)

So, I'd rephrase your sentence(s) to read:

Stay focused on your goal; if you lose focus, you'll never achieve it.

On a side note, we say "focus ON something".

I hope this helps.

Feel free to follow up if my idea doesn't work for you.



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Amy Baker


I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.


I'm a certified ESL teacher with 12 years of experience teaching K-12 and adults.

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