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    Question To pay attention on/to pay attention to

    Dear teachers, all my life i was using "to pay attention ON smth".. but i found somewhere (don't remember where exactly ) that it should be "to pay attention TO smth".. so, my question, what's correct? or it depends on a situation u put this or that expression in?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star39 View Post
    Dear teachers, all my life i was using "to pay attention ON smth".. but i found somewhere (don't remember where exactly ) that it should be "to pay attention TO smth".. so, my question, what's correct? or it depends on a situation u put this or that expression in?..

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    We "pay attention to" something.

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    Default Re: To pay attention on/to pay attention to

    Quote Originally Posted by Star39 View Post
    Dear teachers, all my life i was using "to pay attention ON smth".. but i found somewhere (don't remember where exactly ) that it should be "to pay attention TO smth".. so, my question, what's correct? or it depends on a situation u put this or that expression in?..

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    focus/concentrate on
    pay attention to

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    Default Re: To pay attention on/to pay attention to

    Quote Originally Posted by Star39 View Post
    Dear teachers, all my life i was using "to pay attention ON smth".. but i found somewhere (don't remember where exactly ) that it should be "to pay attention TO smth".. so, my question, what's correct? or it depends on a situation u put this or that expression in?..

    Thank you
    Pay attention is a common phrase; meaning: Heed, be attentive to It is always preceded by the preposition ‘to’.
    Have a look at the following sentences. Can you use ‘on’ in place of ‘to’?
    Always remain alert and pay attention to what you are hearing or seeing.
    It is not too late, now pay attention to these instructions.

    You can say: Keep attention on him.

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    Default Re: To pay attention on/to pay attention to

    ok.. but imagine such situation.. the English lesson.. teacher says: "students, please pay attention ON this exercise".. or should it be "pay attention TO this exercise"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star39 View Post
    ok.. but imagine such situation.. the English lesson.. teacher says: "students, please pay attention ON this exercise".. or should it be "pay attention TO this exercise"?
    I typed your sentence "please pay attention ON this exercise" on the Google search tool bar to find out how many results with "on" are returned.


    The result was nil but from the first web page the following with 'to' are copied and reproduced below.
    • Please pay attention to point (f) at page 1 of the form
    • Furthermore, please pay attention to the stackable Exercise coupon codes
    • Please pay attention to the words
    • Pay Attention to the Accuracy of the Exercise
    • But please pay attention to the above precautions. ...
    • When you have a dog who won't pay attention to you while on walks
    You can also try for yourself.

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