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‘Reach’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Reach’ as a verb.


It was no mean feat to reach that window-ledge and open that window.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


The songs of Homer, and the fame of Achilles, had probably never reached the ear of the illiterate Barbarian.

From ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Vol. 3)’, by Edward Gibbon.


“A most scandalous, ill-natured rumour has just reached me, and I write, dear Fanny, to warn you against giving the least credit to it.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

Picture: These six steam locomotives were special guests of the Threkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, near Keswick in Cumbria, for its steam gala in 2015. © Chris Allen, Geograph. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0. By Peter Trimming, Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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Let me think what I have achieved.

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.

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