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    clutch

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The child clutched the candy tightly in his hand, afraid that his mother would take it away from him.

    The child clutched the doll to her and would not show it to anyone.

    The mother clutched her baby in her arms

    The child clutched at his mother in fear.

    The climber clutched at the swinging rope, but missed.

    clutch = grasp

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: clutch

    (although I used the same word referring to an automotive part in a recent post - and that use is OK too!)

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    Re: clutch

    The only one I don't like is the last one:

    The climber clutched at the swinging rope, but missed.
    To my mind, you have to be already holding something in order to clutch it.

    Rover

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    Re: clutch

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The only one I don't like is the last one:



    To my mind, you have to be already holding something in order to clutch it.

    Rover
    Works for me, as long as it is followed by 'at'. Different strokes for different folks.

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    PS Maybe you're right though. 'Made a lunge for....' would be better. I think I've heard 'clutched for' in the appropriate sense, but I wouldn't use it myself.
    Last edited by BobK; 07-Dec-2010 at 16:48. Reason: PS added

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