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When using range from with two examples, it could be:

I should note that our current users range from juniors to graduates.

But when using three examples:

I should note that our current users range from juniors, to seniors, to graduates.

It doesn't sound correct? What are the rules?

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A range extends from one point to another. It is possible to express the extent between the two end points, as in your first example, but there is no reason why intermediate points cannot be included, as in your second example.

  • So my second example is correct grammatically? – Grunge Thing Jan 28 '14 at 16:31
  • Yes, I would say so. – Barrie England Jan 28 '14 at 16:32
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    Perhaps not in OP's particular case, but in some contexts I might prefer to replace the first to with through (or even abandon my cultural heritage and go for thru :) – FumbleFingers Jan 28 '14 at 16:47
  • @FumbleFingers Can you please provide me with an example of how you would use through? – Grunge Thing Jan 28 '14 at 16:52
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    @Grunge Thing: A typical context for me might be red through orange to yellow. I'd be more likely to use through either to make sure my audience realised these were actually "ordered" positions on a continuum (not just arbitrarily-chosen instances), or to emphasise the progressive nature of the reference rather than simply the breadth of things covered. – FumbleFingers Jan 28 '14 at 17:06
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Range from ... through ... to ...

"I should note that our current users range from juniors, through seniors, to graduates."

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Range has a slightly different meaning in the two cases.

  • The first case is about a range of values, from one limit/extreme to another.

  • The second, which I would express using "range among juniors, seniors, and graduates" is about an enumeration: any of the indicated values is a candidate.

In the second case, the enumeration could be understood as exhaustive (only juniors, seniors, and graduates) or it could be understood as indicative/exemplary (candidates include juniors, seniors, and graduates - and possibly others). Context should disambiguate, if only one meaning is intended.

Some might argue that "among" implies only. That's certainly one strong meaning, so "range among" has a fairly strong connotation of only these. But without further clarification it does leave open the possibility that there are other values that are also candidates.

  • Ranging among is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks! – Luke Jun 5 at 17:22
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Whilst it is not entirely incorrect to use 'range from' in the way you have, it is pushing at the boundaries of grammar, in my view. I think if I were using more than two references I would say 'range across'.

'Current users range across juniors, seniors and graduates'.

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Range from ... over ... to ... ?

I am not sure this is a correct answer, but since none has been accepted yet, I might as well try:

I should note that our current users range from juniors over seniors to graduates.

Rather than simply down-vote, critics might also comment ;)

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    You must be sure of the worth of this answer to post it! However, I would use through rather than over, I think. "Over" might imply "pass over" without actually including that class in the continuum. – Andrew Leach Nov 12 '17 at 11:09

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