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Two solid waste drawers, with containers that accommodate biohazard bags, are accessed at the front of the instrument. or..

Two solid waste drawers, with containers that accommodate biohazard bags, are accessed from the front of the instrument.

closed as off-topic by Helmar, Drew, choster, tchrist Jun 13 '17 at 12:01

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    'From' may have the broadened meaning 'via' when used in 'get at via', and I can't see much wrong with 'at' here either. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 12 '17 at 15:36
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    'At' means you pull the drawer directly at the front. 'From' means there may be extra steps, but you start from the front (perhaps you open a cabinet door or slide.) – Yosef Baskin Jun 12 '17 at 15:48
  • I agree with both comments above, but I whereas think "grammatically correct" is an inappropriate concept here, I do think the the first version would be stylistically improved by simply discarding the word accessed. And semantically, the second looks at least questionable (it just doesn't seem likely that such drawers would somehow be so far inside the instrument that we'd talk about getting at them through the front; they're just there). – FumbleFingers Jun 12 '17 at 16:31
  • What does instrument mean? Musical? – Xanne Jun 12 '17 at 19:30
  • I'd suggest that the word that's not quite right is 'accessed'. To my ear it sounds like you mean 'the drawers are located at the front . . .' Alternatively 'accessed' would be more appropriate in something like 'the biohazard bags are accessed via the removable panel at the front of the instrument' – peterG Jun 12 '17 at 23:23
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at the front of the instrument is correct (if I read this sentence correctly to mean that the solid waste drawers are physically located where the front of the instrument is and not, perhaps, down some secret passage which is found at the front of the instrument or via controls located on the instrument panel, which controls allow one to open the drawers in some other location like the side wall).

access means to make contact with or gain access to

at means presence or location

from means a starting point

All definitions from dictionary.com

So if you say accessed at you mean to location to gain access to and if you say accessed from you mean starting point to gain access to

Think about it this way. I typically access my work computer at my desk at my work; however, I also have the ability to access my work computer from my home computer from my home or any other remote location with Internet access.

I will meet you at the party but I will leave for the party from my house.

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