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    #1

    "have available" ?

    Hello,

    I'd like to ask about the following sentence:

    They have available a range of means of meaning-making.

    Does it mean the same as:

    They are able to use a range of means of meaning-making?

    And one more question - is "have available" a fixed phrase? I haven't been able to find it in my dictionary.

    I would be happy to hear from anybody who knows how to answer my question.

    4ania4


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    Re: "have available" ?

    They have available a range of means of meaning-making.
    This is awful. I'm going to go out on a limb and take a flyer at what I think the person who crafted this gem may have had in mind when the above train wreck occurred:

    "They have available a range of ways to create meaning."

    Don't ask me what this means because there's not enough context to tell. It's just a fairly reasonable-sounding English sentence that seems to express what I think the writer was trying to communicate. The original could be an encrypted message for all I know.

    To have something available is the normal phrase, but to have available something can also be used, especially if the something is a rather lengthy phrase that would otherwise put too much distance between the words have and available.

    Ex. "We have Japanese parts available."

    Ex. "We have a full range of certified, top quality parts for many of the best-selling Japanese imports, including Toyota, Nissan, and others available."

    Ouch. See what I mean? This would be an improvement:

    Ex. "We have available a full range of certified, top quality parts for many of the best-selling Japanese imports, including Toyota, Nissan, and others."

    Hope this helps.

    Greg

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    Re: "have available" ?

    Thank you so much for your funny post and clear explantion.

    I'd love to have the intuition of a native, which is totally inaccessible to me.

    Greetings from Poland,

    4ania4


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    Re: "have available" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    Hello,

    I'd like to ask about the following sentence:

    They have available a range of means of meaning-making.

    Does it mean the same as:

    They are able to use a range of means of meaning-making?

    And one more question - is "have available" a fixed phrase? I haven't been able to find it in my dictionary.

    I would be happy to hear from anybody who knows how to answer my question.

    4ania4
    To have something available means that you have something that can be supplied immediately or on demand. It is generally to be found in commercial situations.

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    Re: "have available" ?

    Also, there is "to have at your disposal," "to have at hand."

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    Re: "have available" ?

    Hello Anglika and Konungursvia

    You're so helpful,

    thank you

    4ania4

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