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    What's the verb used with the noun attention? Can I say "to catch other's attention" ? Can I say I hear the birds singing? or shoul I say "I listen to the birds singing?"Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelacosta View Post
    What's the verb used with the noun attention? Can I say "to catch another's attention" ? "Catch" is OK along with "get", "capture". Can I say I hear the birds singing? or should I say "I listen to the birds singing?" Either could be OK depending on whether the action (hear/listen) is voluntary (listen) or involuntary (hear). Thanks
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    I think it is more common to say "capture another's attention" or "catch someone's eye".

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    Default Re: colocations

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think it is more common to say "capture another's attention" or "catch someone's eye".
    I'm with Bill. 'Catch someone's attention' seems fine to me.
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