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    at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    There are always teachers at hand/ on hand/ to hand to give us help.
    There are always teachers near at hand/ near on hand/ near to hand to give us help.

    Are all three fine in these sentences, please?
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    Re: at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    In AmE, only on hand works in number 1. Nearby or around (less formally) would work in number 2. None of the options you suggested are natural, though you might hear near at hand occasionally.

    Don't ask whether something is fine. You can respond "Yes, that's fine," but the word isn't used in questions.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    Thank you so much, GoesStation. I've always been curious about the use of 'at hand', 'on hand' and other phrases with the word hand. They appear so similar to me. And thank you for pointing out my mistake about the use of the word fine. I never knew about it.

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    Re: at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    Would the following sentences sound more natural?

    Help from teachers is always (near) at hand for us.
    Teachers are always on hand to help us.

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    Re: at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    Those are better, yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    Click here to read many examples of your phrases used in context.

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    Re: at hand/ on hand/ to hand

    Thank you very much, Rover, for leading me to a very useful website like this. Thank you again.

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