arrive - reach

You use arrive or reach to say that someone comes to a place at the end of a journey.

I'll tell Professor Hogan you've arrived.

He reached Bath in the late afternoon.

You usually say that someone arrives at a place. the time we arrived at Victoria Station.

...from the moment he had arrived at the Harlowes' bungalow.

However, you say that someone arrives in a country or city.

He had arrived in France slightly ahead of schedule.

The American Ambassador to Mexico arrived in Quito today.

You never say that someone `arrives to' a place.
You also do not say that someone `arrives at home' or `arrives in home'. You say that they arrive home.

We arrived home and I carried my suitcases up the stairs behind her.

You do not use a preposition after arrive in front of `here', `there', `somewhere', or `anywhere'.

I arrived here yesterday.

When we arrived there, we went to the garage.

Plans are deliberately indefinite, more to travel than to arrive anywhere.

Reach always takes a direct object. You do not say that someone `reaches at' a place or that they `have just reached'.

It was dark by the time I reached their house.

another meaning
Arrive at and reach can both be used to say that someone eventually makes a decision or finds the answer to something.

It took us several hours to arrive at a decision.

They were unable to reach a decision.

I had arrived at a conclusion on the basis of the only facts then available to me.

The commission could not reach a conclusion because of inadequate data.

'come to'
Come to can be used in a similar way.

Kwezi thought for a while, then seemed to come to a decision.

I came to the conclusion that I didn't really fancy civil engineering.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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