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    Gilles L is offline Junior Member
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    Default Reaching out

    Dear Teacher,<
    Please tell me what proposition to use after the expression "reaching out"
    Is it acceptable to say:
    I reached out for the bottle of milk on the table ?
    I reached out for my hat on the shelf ?
    Are there any occasions where we would need to use another prepostion when using the above expression?

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    Default Re: Reaching out

    With the second, you might reach up, depending on the height of the shelf.

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    Default Re: Reaching out

    ...and in the idimatic usage that means 'makes an effort to make contact with' the preposition to use is 'to': 'This candidate is trying to reach out to all the lone parents'.

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    You don't need a preposition there. "I reached for the milk" is OK.

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