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    arrive +prepo

    hello there,
    I've some inquiries regarding the verb 'arrive'

    I wonder what preposition should one add for the following words;

    "arrive ___ (New York/the UK/Tokyo/France/Alabama/restaurant/home)"

    should we use the same prepos. for the verb 'reach'?

    thanks in advance for your enlightenment!

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    Re: arrive +prepo

    >I wonder what preposition should one add for the following words;
    >"arrive ___ (New York/the UK/Tokyo/France/Alabama/restaurant/home)"

    arrive in New York (by plane); arrive at New York (by car).
    arrive in the UK.
    arrive in/at Tokyo - see New York
    arrive in France, Alabama
    arrive at the/a restaurant
    arrive home


    >should we use the same prepos. for the verb 'reach'?

    No, 'reach' doesn't require a preposition. However, 'reach restaurant'
    isn't right. You need an article (the/a).

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    Re: arrive +prepo

    ... we say that we arrive IN a country or a town:
    When did Jo arrive in Italy?

    We say arrive AT with other places (buildings, etc.) or events:
    What time did Sarah arrive at work/school this morning?
    Steve said he'd arrive at the party/hotel/hospital at 9pm.

    We say arrive home without a preposition.
    When did you arrive home?
    I arrived home at 7 o'clock.


    Source: http://www2.radio24.ilsole24ore.com/english24/english24_grammatica28.htm


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    Generally, we say arrive at to describe arriving at a specific destination:
    • He arrived at the airport on time.
    • The President's arrival at the hotel cause the crowd to applaud. (Notice the use of the noun form + at).
    When the destination reached is a city or country, arrive in is used:
    • He arrived in New York yesterday.
    • The team's arrival in Brazil went smoothly. (Notice the use of the noun form + in).
    Get to also indicates travel to a specific destination:
    • I want to get to the bus station before she arrives, so hurry up.
    Get in describes arrival and is usually linked to a time reference:
    • The train got in at 11:45 AM. (The implied destination is the train station).
    • What time did you get in last night? (The implied destination is "home" or "here").
    We can also use get there or get back:
    • We got there and then ate dinner. (The actual location of there is implied by the rest of the conversation).
    • They got back before their absence was noticed. (They reached one destination and then returned to their original starting point)
    Reach also indicates travel to a specific destination, but no preposition is needed:
    • We reached the bridge too late: a flood had destroyed it.

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