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    Smile in/on/at hand

    Before you make your oral report, make sure you've studied all the data in/on/at hand.


    Whenever the three little guys in/on/at go with hand, they do always create a headache time for me. Which should I use here and why? Thanks.

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    That's a good question.

    "Before you make your oral report, make sure you've studied all the data, in/on/at hand."

    at hand:
    "If something is at hand, near at hand, or close at hand, it is very near in place or time."

    in hand:
    "The job or problem in hand is the job or problem that you are dealing with at the moment."

    on hand:
    "If someone or something is on hand, they are near and able to be used if they are needed."


    I would say the answer is at hand.

    "Before you make your oral report, make sure you've studied all the data, at hand."

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    Yes, a good question. I think "at hand" is good but I like "on hand" a little more. ("on hand" = in present possession or readily available)

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    Thanks, Noego and 2006.
    The original uses "at hand," but based on your parse, I presume they are interchangeable but have subtle nuances.

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    Maybe it's because I am a BrE speaker, but I would use 'to hand', which is not an option.

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    Smile Re: in/on/at hand

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    Maybe it's because I am a BrE speaker, but I would use 'to hand', which is not an option.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    But what does to hand mean?

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    If something is to hand, it is coveniently located or readily accessible.

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    Smile Re: in/on/at hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If something is to hand, it is coveniently located or readily accessible.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    Thus, to hand is quite close to at hand, right.
    Btw, what is the exact difference between "readily accessible" and "readily availble?"

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    Not a great deal; I suppose I had the internet in mind.

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    Re: in/on/at hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not a great deal; I suppose I had the internet in mind.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    But I don't get the part I bolded. What do you mean?

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