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  1. Banned
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    #1

    hold someone

    His son is too naughty. He needs to find a good teacher who can hold his son.

    Can I use the word 'hold' to express "keep somebody’s attention or interest" here?

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    #2

    Re: hold someone

    No, that doesn't work. You could use "control".

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    #3

    Re: hold someone

    '...find a good teacher who can hold his attention.'

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    #4

    Re: hold someone

    Could 'rivet' be used in the active voice, i.e. 'find a good teacher who can rivet him'?

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    #5

    Re: hold someone

    I don't think so, it sounds as though the teacher is going to use rivets to fix the pupil to the wall!

    I can only think of examples using "riveted" in this sort of context: (see "be riveted" http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict.../british/rivet )
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 19-Jul-2015 at 10:18.

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