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    Reach out

    Dear Teacher,
    I am still not quite comfortable as to how to use the expression "to reach out". Can you proivide pertinent exemples? Also, does it have the same meaning as to "reach over" or to "reach across".
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    Re: Reach out

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    I am still not quite comfortable as to how to use the expression "to reach out". Can you proivide pertinent exemples? Also, does it have the same meaning as to "reach over" or to "reach across".
    Thank you
    It can literally mean to extend your arm to reach something. It can also mean to to offer yourself to others in someway, to appeal to others.

    Literally:

    You will have to reach out to pick the apples, they are hard to reach.

    Metaphorically:

    Republicans are making clumsy efforts to reach out to non-white voters.
    "Reach out and touch someone" was a famous advertising slogan.

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    Re: Reach out (cont'd)

    Dear Munch,

    Thank you so much for answering my previous post; that clarifies a lot of my questioning. What about the other expressions:

    To reach over and,
    To reach across

    Can those expressions be used interdependently with To reach out ?

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    Re: Reach out

    I would expect "reach over" to have a literal meaning.

    "Reach across" can be literal, but in it's metaphorical meaning -- especially in politics -- it means make an effort to work with others, from whom you are separated in some way.

    In US political houses, the Republicans and Democrats are literally seated on either side of an aisle, so when they say "reach across the aisle" it means that they will work with each other to do something.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Reach out

    Are you surprised to learn that McCain is the one that has the proven record for reaching across the aisle to democrats, more so than Obama has to republicans?


    .. and now - a change in front!!!
    Last edited by vil; 02-Nov-2010 at 18:57.

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    Re: Reach out

    It's aisle, not isle.

    Despite claims that the politicians are isolated and out of touch, they really aren't surrounded by water.

    (Yes, English learners, the pronunciation is exactly the same.)
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    I beg your pardon for the regrettable mistake.

    Thank you for your amendment.

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    #8

    Re: Reach out

    In case you see any problems with our product, please reach out to our customer support.

    Please tell me if reach out to has been correctly used in the sentence above.

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    Re: Reach out

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    In case you see any problems with our product, please reach out to our customer support.

    Please tell me if reach out to has been correctly used in the sentence above.
    It is not grammatically incorrect but it sounds strange to me. I would just say "please contact customer support"

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    Re: Reach out

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    It is not grammatically incorrect but it sounds strange to me. I would just say "please contact customer support"
    Me too. I'd also say "If" instead of "In case."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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