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    collocations of "attention"

    Dear teachers,

    I know the following collocations of “attention”:

    To attract somebody’s attention
    To capture somebody’s attention
    To catch somebody’s attention
    To command somebody’s attention
    To draw somebody’s attention
    To get somebody’s attention
    To hold somebody’s attention
    To retain somebody’s attention
    To rivet somebody’s attention
    To distract somebody’s attention
    To divert somebody’s attention
    To escape one’s attention
    To devote one’s attention to
    To focus one’s attention to
    To pay attention to
    To bring something to somebody’s attention.
    close attention
    meticulous attention
    rapt attention
    undivided attention
    This matter will require your undivided attention.
    Meticulous attention to details.
    The sergeant called his platoon to attention.
    To come to attention
    To snap to attention
    To stand at the position of attention
    To stand to attention
    The squadron stood to attention when we arrived.
    To give attention to
    To lavish attention on
    To receive medical attention
    The manager gave me her personal attention.
    I lavished my individual attention on him.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I have to say “span of attention” or “attention span”?

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Last edited by vil; 15-Aug-2009 at 16:47.

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    Re: collocations of "attention"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I have to say “span of attention” or “attention span”?
    This is how I see it:

    Attention span is is the amount of time a person can concentrate on a task without becoming distracted.
    We do not say: The span of attention is the amount of time...

    span of attention, however, is used when we want to emphasise the amount of time you can concentrate.

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