General Writing and Grammar Help/Be up to the point

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Dear Ted:

Does the phrase "to be up to the point" make sense in English?

If so, when is it used?

Would you please give me some examples?

Also, may I say, "Your answers are always up to the point"?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  
Does the phrase "to be up to the point" make sense in English?

If so, when is it used?

Would you please give me some examples?



*** The usual phrase does NOT include "up."  

EXAMPLES:

Please stop talking and come to the point.

When the lecturer finally came to the point, half the audience had left.

***

Also, may I say, "Your answers are always up to the point"?

*** Your answers are always ON point.  Your answers are always TO the point.

Ted

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