"The picture that was hanging in the loby grabbed my attention."
I'm not getting this but I was told by my Ukrainian teacher it would be incorrect to say this.????
Last edited by ostap77; 25-Mar-2011 at 20:13.
If I looked through the window and saw my room-mate walking down the street, could I say "I was waving at you when you were walking down the street but couldn't grab you (meaning couldn't grab his attention)"?
You would have to reach through the window to grab him. When you call or wave to someone walking by, you are trying to "get", "attract" or "grab" their attention. But "it grabbed my attention" often conveys a stronger sense of "seized" or "gripped", as the vision of the contents of a library hanging from a gibbet might do.
not a teacher