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    attract no need

    The airports are all prepared for international traffic and attract no particular need to warn you about regular delays or lack of facilities. There's no reason not to visit the Canary Islands!

    I find the underlined phrase puzzling. Could "attract" collocate with "need"? Is it a native way of expression?
    What does it mean?


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    Re: attract no need

    No, it's not very good at all.

    They are trying to say that there are no delays and the facilities are adequate.

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    Re: attract no need

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    The airports are all prepared for international traffic and attract no particular need to warn you about regular delays or lack of facilities. There's no reason not to visit the Canary Islands!

    I find the underlined phrase puzzling. Could "attract" collocate with "need"? Is it a native way of expression?
    What does it mean?


    Thanks
    You are not alone in your confusion - although SD has identified the probable attempted meaning. From the content I would guess that it's from a marketing web site and the writer is a NNS. Perhaps a Spanish-speaker could tell us whether there's a false friend in Spanish, which the writer has tried to render into English - atraer la necesidad? (If so, it's not a collocation I've met.)

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