Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Feb 2011
    • Posts: 9
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    loose focus

    Hi there!

    Does anybody know the meaning of focus in the following sentence:

    "He often lost focus during interviews. He hated doing them."

    Does it mean something like: He lost attention/interest?

    Thanks so much for your help.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 34,358
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: loose focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Isotope View Post
    Hi there!

    Does anybody know the meaning of focus in the following sentence:

    "He often lost focus during interviews. He hated doing them."

    Does it mean something like: He lost attention/interest?

    Thanks so much for your help.
    His attention wavered, yes.
    He lost interest, no.

    He was probably still interested in the job but for some reason during the interview he just found that he was having trouble concentrating on what he was meant to be doing (answering the questions intelligently and eloquently). He might have been distracted by other thoughts going through his mind. Perhaps he starts answering a question perfectly well but during the course of his answer he drifted off the topic instead of focusing on what he had actually been asked.

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 23,278
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: loose focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Isotope View Post
    Hi there!

    Does anybody know the meaning of focus in the following sentence:

    "He often lost focus during interviews. He hated doing them."

    Does it mean something like: He lost attention/interest?

    Thanks so much for your help.
    The verb you want is "lose", despite what you might read on the web. "Loose" is an entirely different word.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 34,358
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: loose focus

    Thanks Raymott. I just popped back to this thread and realised that I'd failed to mention the use of "loose" instead of "lose" in my original response.

    It's such a common error and I can completely understand why so many people get the two confused.

  5. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Feb 2011
    • Posts: 9
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: loose focus

    Thanks for the answer! (and sorry for the typo...)

  6. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,035
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: loose focus

    I ncidentally I think 'loose focus' does have a meaning for photographers. It would be the opposite of 'tight focus' - which I know exists. (I thought I'd strayed into the wrong forum! )

    b]

  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 34,358
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: loose focus

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I ncidentally I think 'loose focus' does have a meaning for photographers. It would be the opposite of 'tight focus' - which I know exists. (I thought I'd strayed into the wrong forum! )

    b]
    My flatmate is a photographer and says that's not the case. "Tight focus" is a phrase for an extremely close up shot (so for a portrait you would get really tight in to just the face and it would fill the frame) but "loose focus" doesn't mean anything to him.

  8. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,035
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: loose focus

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    My flatmate is a photographer and says that's not the case. "Tight focus" is a phrase for an extremely close up shot (so for a portrait you would get really tight in to just the face and it would fill the frame) but "loose focus" doesn't mean anything to him.
    I stand corrected.

    b

  9. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 34,358
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: loose focus

    A lot of us have been standing corrected today. Our legs must be very tired. Shall we set up a naughty corner?!

  10. Hedwig's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina

    • Join Date: Jul 2011
    • Posts: 518
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: loose focus

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A lot of us have been standing corrected today. Our legs must be very tired. Shall we set up a naughty corner?!
    Yes, let's!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Go and focus on the things that you should focus on.
    By Ferdie11 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Sep-2009, 02:27
  2. focus
    By bieasy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Aug-2009, 20:05
  3. play loose with = play fast and loose with?
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-May-2008, 20:40
  4. focus!!!
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Jan-2008, 01:39
  5. Focus
    By deepcosmos in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 15-Sep-2007, 15:57

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •