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    grabbed at

    I think "grabbed at something" is "trying to grab it, but fail", while "grab something" is "actually grabbing it", right?
    46).. He decided to catch it so that he could get the $50,000 reward. He put his hand in the dirty river and grabbed at the necklace, but somehow missed it and didn't catch it...

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    Re: grabbed at

    No, "to grab at" does not imply an unsuccessful attempt. Actually, these two are synonymous. The first and the last definitions here is just what you need: grab - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: grabbed at

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    No, "to grab at" does not imply an unsuccessful attempt. Actually, these two are synonymous. The first and the last definitions here is just what you need: grab - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    If you "grab at" something, you may or may not get it. If you "grab" something, you've got it.

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