Is "open the link" acceptable?

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I'm not sure of how to express the idea that I click a link of a website and open it. Can I say something like "open a link" or "fail to open a link"? Or should I use "launch the link" or "launch the website"? Do they all sound natural?
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You can click on a link.
 

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You can click on a link.
Thank you for your reply. But “clicking on the link” doesn’t suggest if it works or not, does it? If I want to express the idea of clicking on the link and it doesn’t work, is there an expression for that, something like “fail to open the link”? Does this sound odd?
 

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The link is broken.
 

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So if someone sends me a link, I click on the link and find it doesn't work, instead of saying "I can't open the link", I should say "the link is broken." No such expression as "open the link"? Am I right?
 

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You'll also see things like "That link doesn't work/That link's not working". If you think the problem might be at your end only, you can say "That link's not working for me".
 

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So if someone sends me a link, I click on the link and find it doesn't work, instead of saying "I can't open the link", I should say "the link is broken." No such expression as "open the link"? Am I right?

No- you're looking for absolutes. You can use open a link. If you right-click on a link, the menu will offer you the choice to open the link in a new tab, etc. However, in conversation, we tend to use the verbs that have been suggested more.
 
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