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    #1

    reach me a needle or pass or get

    I've been told that it's incorrect to say;

    " pass me a needle" (correct or incorrect)

    "get me a needle"(correct or incorrect)

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    #2

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    [QUOTE=ostap77;652469]
    "Pass me a needle." Correct.
    "Get me a needle." Correct.
    "Reach me a needle." Correct.


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    #3

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    [QUOTE=Rover_KE;652486]
    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Pass me a needle." Correct.
    "Get me a needle." Correct.
    "Reach me a needle." Correct.


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    So the person who told me that, to put it mildly, might have been mistaken?

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    #4

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes.
    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    [QUOTE=Rover_KE;652486]
    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Pass me a needle." Correct.
    "Get me a needle." Correct.
    "Reach me a needle." Correct.


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    "Reach me a needle?" How is this correct?

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    #7

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    It must be a British thing.

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    #8

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    The needle has to be out of the speaker's reach. It often - but not so much with 'needle' - collocates with "down". MrsK often says 'Reach me down that X', where X is a thing on a high shelf.

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    #9

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    "Reach me a needle?" How is this correct?
    I got the same kind of feeling. I've been told that for some reason you can't ask someone to pass or get a needle for, only reach. Sounds kind of weird.

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    #10

    Re: reach me a needle or pass or get

    Perhaps the teacher who said 'get me a needle' was incorrect may have been suffering from an old blanket prescription against using 'get' because 'there's always a better verb'. this shibboleth prevents repetitious writing along the lines of 'I got up and I got dressed and when I got downstairs mum had got me breakfast and then I got on the bus. When I got to school, Mrs X said we had all got to...' etc. However, it also rules out many perfectly natural and appropriate uses of 'get'.

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