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    is this expression correct

    is it correct to say: world english at your reach
    I mean the preposition AT is correct in this phrase?

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    Re: is this expression correct

    The phrase within reach is more usual.


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    Question Re: is this expression correct

    I saw this expression in an ad for an English Institute in Brazil as a slogan, and my teacher said that "at your reach" in this case is plainly WRONG and that the CORRECT expression is "world English within your reach".


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    Re: is this expression correct

    (Not a teacher)

    The expression 'at your reach' seems to only occur in advertising campaigns. I guess that's okay, but I wouldn't use it in speech or writing.

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    Re: is this expression correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
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    The expression 'at your reach' seems to only occur in advertising campaigns. I guess that's okay, but I wouldn't use it in speech or writing.

    I'm still not clear whether it is or not correct to use it as a slogan

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    Re: is this expression correct

    Quote Originally Posted by krompe View Post
    I'm still not clear whether it is or not correct to use it as a slogan
    No it isn't correct, as other posters have said, it should be "within (your) reach".

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    Question Re: is this expression correct

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No it isn't correct, as other posters have said, it should be "within (your) reach".
    I don't see it so clearly. Does "more common" mean the rest are wrong?

    I've seen the expression not only in the ad for a school in Brazil, but also in a thousand other websites.

    Couldn't it be creative use of the language because it sounds more catchy to say "at your reach" than "within your reach"? Would it be considered a mistake if used by a native speaker?

    PLEASE see thread "COLLOCATION" in this forum

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    Re: is this expression correct

    Quote Originally Posted by majo View Post
    I don't see it so clearly. Does "more common" mean the rest are wrong?

    I've seen the expression not only in the ad for a school in Brazil, but also in a thousand other websites.

    Couldn't it be creative use of the language because it sounds more catchy to say "at your reach" than "within your reach"? Would it be considered a mistake if used by a native speaker?

    PLEASE see thread "COLLOCATION" in this forum

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    A native speaker wouldn't use "at your reach".


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The phrase within reach is more usual.

    Hi! krompe I go along with you, I'm still not clear whether this is correct or not. Two native speakers have answered and they don't seem to agree
    Also there's the answer to the other thread mentioned "COLLOCATION" where a teacher -though not native- says the expression could be ok. It seems there's no clear answer to the question

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    Re: is this expression correct

    I don't notice any disagreement. However, I was surprised to find more hits (on Google) for "at your reach" than for "within your reach". Interesting.
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