Language tip of the week: access

Posted by on August 16, 2012

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc) which learners often find difficult. Here is some advice about the noun and verb access:

Don’t use the preposition to after the verb access. Use a direct object:

✗ Anyone can access to the website.
✓ Anyone can access the website.
✗  The database allows you to access to the sales figures in a number of ways.
The database allows you to access the sales figures in a number of ways.

Don’t confuse the verb access with the noun access: the noun is followed by to:

Anyone can have access to the website.
Some groups still have difficulty gaining access to health care.

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