How can I use reach when talking about fans trying to touch a band who's on stage?

"Reach" meaning to strech your arm to touch something.

  1. They are reaching for the band.
  2. They're reaching out for the band.
  3. They're reaching (out) to touch the band.
  • 1
    #1 and #3 sound good. #2 would sound more natural as "reaching out toward the band"
    – stangdon
    Aug 16, 2022 at 1:03
  • 2
    #3 sounds best. Aug 16, 2022 at 1:36
  • 1
    Also "the fans are stretching to reach the band on stage" Aug 16, 2022 at 1:37

1 Answer 1


Form 2 suggests to me some metaphorical use, not physically attempting to touch the band. The use of "out" in 3 would to some extent suggest the same thing to me. Form 1, or 3 without the word "out" seem reasonable natural to me.

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