The next word in our vocabulary boost series is REACH. REACH is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of arrive, attain, succeed, achieve, stretch or make contact with. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using REACH.
As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.
Reach can be a synonym of arrive at. Study these phrases.
I arrived at my destination around 5pm.
I reached my destination at about 5 pm.
To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)
Reach a point
Reach a conclusion
Reach a goal
Reach an aim
Reach an age
Reach a destination
Reach for something
Reach the top/bottom
Reach the floor/roof
Reach the time
Reach for the stars
Reach a verdict
Reach a place = reach home
Reach one´s limits
Reach by telephone
Beyond someone´s reach
They learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)
Reach out = try to grab
He reached out and tried to catch the call
Reach out to = try to make contact with
In a desperate attempt to reach out to her, I bought her a gift
Reach down = pick up from the floor
They reached down and tried to get the thing off the floor
Reach for = try to stretch to
I couldn´t get to it so I reached for a stick to help me move it closer
Reach down = crouch down to pick up
The girl reached down to retrieve her umbrella from the floor
Reach across = try to take something from the other side
I had to reach across the table because my brother would not pass me the peas
Reach into = try to get something out of a place
I reached into my pocked to get my wallet out
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To learn how to use REACH you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.