access vs get access to : Common Errors in English

access or get access to

“Access” is one of many nouns that’s been turned into a verb in recent years. Conservatives object to phrases like “you can access your account online.” Substitute “use,” “reach,” or “get access to” if you want to please them.

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  • n  the right to enter
  • n  the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)
  • n  a way of entering or leaving
    he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge
  • n  a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)
  • n  (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information
  • n  the act of approaching or entering
    he gained access to the building
  • v  obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
  • v  reach or gain access to
    How does one access the attic in this house?
News & Articles

  • Access to Logan Pass from east side opens Saturday
    Vehicles will be able to access Logan Pass in Glacier Park from the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road beginning this Saturday, June 15. Vehicles on the west side can travel as far as Avalanche Creek. All 50 miles of the road is anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by Friday, June 21.
    June 14, 2013 - Whitefish Pilot
  • Access Community Action Agency to offer employment program
    The Access Community Action Agency will host the Climb the Ladder to a Better Future Program from 9 a.m. to noon starting June 19 in Willimantic and Danielson.
    June 13, 2013 - The Norwich Bulletin
  • Gmail access disrupted in Iran ahead of election
    Access to Google's Gmail service appears to be disrupted in Iran just days before the country's presidential election.        
    June 13, 2013 - TechWorld

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    June 16, 2013 - IGN Guides