Restaurants aim to please.

In the sentence, "please" is used as an intransitive, meaning "to make someone happy or satisfied". Does the sentence make sense to you?

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    Sure. To paraphrase, "The goal of restaurants is to satisfy."
    – Jim
    Jan 2, 2015 at 2:25
  • I did not read this question until after I wrote my answer to your question about pleasing. There I mentioned the phrase 'willing to please'. It serves a similar funtion as 'aims to please' and shows that both phrases are commonly used. One could say that the restaurant is 'willing to please' its customers.
    – user6951
    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:05

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Yes. "Aim to please" is a normal English idiom, at least in the U.S. It's often heard in the sentence "We aim to please."


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