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    Would you please tell me the difference among grasp, grip and grab? Thanks!

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    Hello. I'd like to help.

    To grasp is to take hold of something firmly.
    To grip is to hold on tight.
    To grab is to take hold of something suddenly, and it suggests roughness in doing it.

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever_love_means View Post
    Hello. I'd like to help.

    To grasp is to take hold of something firmly.
    To grip is to hold on tight.
    To grab is to take hold of something suddenly, and it suggests roughness in doing it.
    Very neat. That covers the verbs. The nouns are similar, except that grip and grab can both refer to mechanical things:

    Turn the page without relaxing your grasp/grip.

    But this one's mechanical (it refers to an actual thing):

    She organized her hair by using grips.

    Similarly, 'grab' can be abstract or concrete:

    He made a grab for the wallet and ran off.

    The slot-machine was quite complicated: you put a coin in, and then had to control the movement of a mechanical grab - trying to get it to pick up whatever prize you had your eye on.

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Very neat.

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    I am very appreciative of your timely help. As soon as I am free, I can't wait to get to this site to find something prescious. It is REALLY a useful website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayclaire View Post
    I am very appreciative of your timely help. As soon as I am free, I can't wait to get to this site to find something prescious. It is REALLY a useful website.

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    A footnote to my post about the noun meanings of grasp/grip/grab. I said that 'grip' and 'grab' could refer to both concrete and abstract things. That's not the whole story.

    'grip' can be abstract, referring to something that the muscles of the hand do; but it can also be used figuratively to mean 'self-control': 'Get a grip, man!'

    'grasp' can also be used figuratively, referring to intellectual mastery: 'After years of experience, he has a good grasp of the details.'

    (You can't 'get a grasp of yourself' or 'have a grip of the details'.)

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    Thanks for your detailed explanation!

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