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Jan 7 2010   1:28PM GMT

Do you meet a limit or reach it?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
Business writing
CIO
commonly misused words
grammar
Quiz
word choice

Which is correct?
You should explore data archiving long before there’s a risk that your storage limit will be _____.
a. met
b. reached

Answer: b.

Explanation: Limits are reached; requirements are met. To meet means to satisfy some need, condition or restriction through effort. A goal could be reached or met — either word will work. On the other hand, if something just increases without intent, then it may reach critical limits.

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