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Dear Ted,
Do all of the following sentences express the same idea and are they all grammatically correct? Also, should I use the word "reach" or "reaching" in the first four sentences, or are both words grammatically correct?
1. You're on path to reaching your goal.
2. You're on the right path to reaching your goal.
3. You're on track to reaching your goal.
4. You're on the right track to reaching your goal.
5. You're moving in the direction you need to reach your goal.
6. You're moving in the right direction to reach your goal.

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Dear Glen:

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Do all of the following sentences express the same idea and are they all grammatically correct? Also, should I use the word "reach" or "reaching" in the first four sentences, or are both words grammatically correct?

1. You're on [THE] path to reaching your goal.
2. You're on the right path to reaching your goal.
3. You're on track to reaching your goal.
4. You're on the right track to reaching your goal.
5. You're moving in the direction you need to reach your goal.
6. You're moving in the right direction to reach your goal.

*** I added "the" before "path," because that is the common usage.  In sentence #3, you do NOT need to use "the" before "track."  English is so strange.  In some cases, common usage determines that the article "the" is used, and in other cases, it is not.

*** All of the sentences are correct.  In the first four sentences, you have used the gerund form of the verb "reach."  The gerund is "reaching," and you have used it correctly in all four sentences.

The last two sentences are different in structure, because you have chosen to use the infinitive form of "reach."  "To reach" is also correct.

It is good to use both gerunds and infinitives in your writing.  It gives your sentences some variety, and we all know that "variety is the spice of life."  [That's an old saying.  Do you know it?]

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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