“Range from” is a phrase that allows you to set up the difference between two points. It can create a range in your writing that helps you to establish certain ideas. This article will show you how to use it correctly when it is needed next.
How to Use “Range From” Correctly
“Range from” allows you to establish two key points in a range. It usually involves stating the first point and the final point. Everything in between these points can be inferred from the context. You may state three or more points, but it’s not as common to do this.
If you want to learn how to use “range from” in a sentence in these two ways, you can refer to these examples:
- Two points: It can range from three days to six months, depending on what happens next.
- Three points: Many people came along, ranging from students to medical professionals to concerned parents.
If you’re using two points, “range from” works by saying “from A to B.”
If you’re including multiple points, “range from” allows you to say “from A to B to C” and so on.
It’s not ideal to include any more than three points. Most people will think this is entirely unnecessary. Two is the sweet spot, and three is acceptable. More than that can be wordy.
How to Use “Range From” with Two Points
You can use “range from” with two points when you are stating point A and point B. It is usually related to the start point and the end point. This can also mean that you have the lowest point (the lowest ranking value) and the highest point (the most important value).
What you include in your ranges is up to you for the most part. You can make a range from anything, as long as there are clear entities between the two points you have set up.
- We have found that they range from scared to lonely. It would help to look into their situations a bit more.
- They range from grad students to war veterans. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many people in one place.
- Why is the range from dogs to apes? What is the point in having such weird selections in this range?
- I saw a lot of people there, ranging from my mother to the woman who left me at the altar.
- I have a few friends of multiple ages, ranging from twelve and eighteen.
How to Use “Range From” with Three or More Points
“Range from” can also be used with more than two points. You can use it with three or more points when you think an additional point will help to clear up the reasoning for your range. It isn’t all that common, as most ranges are only made of two points.
If your range is based more on abstract information (rather than a simple “yes” or “no” selection), you might benefit from including an extra point. This might help you to establish a more direct reasoning for your range.
- The people there ranged from young to middle-aged to elderly. I didn’t know if I belonged in any of those groups.
- You will find that they range from mild to terrifying to gruesome. I’m not sure if I want my kids to see them.
- It ranges from these three to those two to that one. I don’t know which one of these I’ll be better off picking.
- It will range from my in-laws to my siblings to my friends. I’m pretty sure most people will be there.
- It can range from cold to moderate to scorching if you’re not careful. Pack accordingly to make sure you don’t get caught out.
What Does “Range From” Mean?
“Range from” means that there is a starting point and an end point. It allows you to establish a link between a group of things. You can set up multiple points, but you don’t have to state everything involved in the “range.” Most are implied through context.
“Range From” – Synonyms
Finally, let’s go over some synonyms that you might be able to use to replace “range from:”
- Be between
- Be either… and…
- Going from
- Starting from… going to…