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The sentence: "The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar ... to an error page" (When you click it you get an error page)

Does it directs to / points to / refers to / leads to / ... may be there is more. Which to use? And also can I say 'A link opens an error page' ?. Thank you :)

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Web links LINK. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary: link  transitive verb : to couple or connect by or as if by a link.

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The technical term would be link for most cases

(transitive verb) : to couple or connect by or as if by a link

(intransitive verb) : to become connected by or as if by a link —often used with up

(from Marriam-Webster)

but in this case, since the link points to a non-existent page, you can use the technical term redirect

To send to a new location by substituting an address or pointer. (from Wiktionary)

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In my experience, a link points to a target. However, in the case of a broken link, it may redirect to an error page. Redirection describes the action taken by the server when one resource is requested but a different resource is returned; i.e. an error page in place of the 'Contact us' page.

The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar points to an invalid location.
The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar redirects to an error page.

Unless, of course, the link itself literally points to the error page. In this case, you would say points to instead of redirects to.

<a href="/404">Contact us</a>

When describing the issue you are facing, however, it will be clearer to reference the specific error. There are many error pages that can be presented for many different reasons.

The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar 404s.
The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar redirects to a 'Page Not Found' error page.

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