When strive is used without a direct object, should I use strive on, or strive in?


I strive on getting success.


I strive in getting success

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    Be careful not to confuse the word "strive" with the word "thrive". You can thrive in or thrive on something, but not strive. – CCKx Dec 26 '19 at 23:23

Neither. The idioms are "to strive for" a goal, "to strive towards" an objective, or "to strive to" accomplish something.

I strive for excellence in all things.

I strive toward excellence in all things.

I strive to be excellent in all things.

You can also strive against, strive through, and various others.

I'm not sure strive can ever be used with a direct object, though I guess it depends on what a linguist considers an "object". The example above with the infinitive "to be (excellent)" seems to qualify in some definitions.

  • How should I alter "I strive on getting success." – user62701 Oct 5 '17 at 0:51
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    "I strive for success", "I strive towards success", "I strive to be successful". – Andrew Oct 5 '17 at 0:54
  • What's the difference between for and towards. – user62701 Oct 5 '17 at 1:31
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    The same as "I'm going to school" and "I'm going towards school". "Towards" says that I'm not there yet, but that is my objective. – Andrew Oct 5 '17 at 3:20
  • Should I use toward or towards – user62701 Oct 5 '17 at 3:22

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