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    A sentence about reaching the roof by means of a ladder


    He climbed up the ladder on to the roof.


    He climbed onto the roof by means of a ladder/by ladder.

    To my thinking, the sentences mean the same. All I want to know is whether or not they are acceptable to you.

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    Re: A sentence about reaching the roof by means of a ladder

    It should be 'onto' as a single word in the first example, as you did in the second.

    They're both okay, (with the spelling correction), although the latter seems a bit wordy. I prefer the first.

    You could also say "He climbed onto the roof with a ladder."
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