"have available" ?

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4ania4

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Hello,

I'd like to ask about the following sentence:

They have available a range of means of meaning-making.

Does it mean the same as:

They are able to use a range of means of meaning-making?

And one more question - is "have available" a fixed phrase? I haven't been able to find it in my dictionary. :oops:

I would be happy to hear from anybody who knows how to answer my question. :)

4ania4
 

dragn

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They have available a range of means of meaning-making.
This is awful. I'm going to go out on a limb and take a flyer at what I think the person who crafted this gem may have had in mind when the above train wreck occurred:

"They have available a range of ways to create meaning."

Don't ask me what this means because there's not enough context to tell. It's just a fairly reasonable-sounding English sentence that seems to express what I think the writer was trying to communicate. The original could be an encrypted message for all I know. :shock:

To have something available is the normal phrase, but to have available something can also be used, especially if the something is a rather lengthy phrase that would otherwise put too much distance between the words have and available.

Ex. "We have Japanese parts available." :)

Ex. "We have a full range of certified, top quality parts for many of the best-selling Japanese imports, including Toyota, Nissan, and others available." :cry:

Ouch. See what I mean? This would be an improvement:

Ex. "We have available a full range of certified, top quality parts for many of the best-selling Japanese imports, including Toyota, Nissan, and others."

Hope this helps.

Greg
 

4ania4

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Thank you so much for your funny post and clear explantion. :lol:

I'd love to have the intuition of a native, which is totally inaccessible to me.

Greetings from Poland,

4ania4
 

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Hello,

I'd like to ask about the following sentence:

They have available a range of means of meaning-making.

Does it mean the same as:

They are able to use a range of means of meaning-making?

And one more question - is "have available" a fixed phrase? I haven't been able to find it in my dictionary. :oops:

I would be happy to hear from anybody who knows how to answer my question. :)

4ania4

To have something available means that you have something that can be supplied immediately or on demand. It is generally to be found in commercial situations.
 

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Also, there is "to have at your disposal," "to have at hand."
 

4ania4

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Hello Anglika and Konungursvia :hi:

You're so helpful,

thank you

4ania4
 
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