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Could you tell me either sentence might be correct ?

  1. They are well on the way to reach success.

  2. They reach success well on the way.

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  • Actually, that should be well on the way to reaching success. The gerund functions as a noun, which you need because you can only be on your way to a place (or to some other NP). You can't be on your way to arrive somewhere. Feb 2, 2016 at 19:34

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To be "well on the way" or "well on the way to" means to have made significant progress on a journey. The journey need not be a literal journey; it can be figurative:

They are well on the way to success.

Success there is perceived figuratively as the destination of a journey.

For that reason, we would not say "well on the way to reach success". The phrase "well on the way to" requires a noun-phrase complement; the complement must be of the same grammatical class as "destination".

So we could say:

They are well on the way to reaching success.

The word reaching is a nominal form of the verb.

When used of a literal journey:

They departed two hours ago. They are well on the way to Boston.

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