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    The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Hello,

    Take a look at the text below:

    When I had completed the burial, I sighed and stared back to the flat, but my mother caught hold of my hand and led me again to the kitten's grave.
    Would you please explain to me what is the meaning of "catch hold/caught hold?"

    Another question which I have about the text above is about the tense of "had completed." I was skeptical about it, so I asked an American native speaker and she told me that "had completed" is wrong and it should be corrected to the "completed" one. What do you think about it?

    Stare back means reaction of staring to the somebody who was starring at us. The question arises here is how an inanimate thing can stare at somebody and then the person in response to its staring, stare back to it! The author could write "I sighed and stared at the flat" why he has used "stared back?" Could you please explain more about it?

    Thank you in advance,
    Last edited by Lumia625; 22-Oct-2015 at 12:31.

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    She caught hold of my hand means simply she took my hand in hers

    The past perfect is appropriate in that sentence.

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    She caught hold of my hand means simply she took my hand in hers

    The past perfect is appropriate in that sentence.
    Is it still correct if we eliminate "had" and just write "completed?" "had completed" does not make sense for me because of the definition below:

    More than one past tense may be used in a sentence when the actions occurred in the past at the same time. [Grammar Digest]
    The person simultaneously buried [the cat] and sighed.

    I also added another question about the text above concerning "stare back." I appreciate you if you answer to that question too.

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    Would you please explain to me what is the meaning of "catch hold/caught hold?"
    It means to grasp something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    Another question which I have about the text above is about the tense of "had completed." I was skeptical about it, so I asked an American native speaker, and she told me that "had completed" is wrong, and it should be corrected to the "completed." one. What do you think about it?
    As Piscean has correctly pointed out, the past perfect is appropriate. This is because the past action "complete" occurred before the other past actions in that sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    Stare back means reaction of staring to the somebody who was starring at us.
    I sighed and stared [back to the flat] ...
    In that sentence, "back" indicates direction; it is not part of a phrasal verb.

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    If the speaker's mother led them led them back to the grave, then the sighing, staring and leading back happened after the completion of the burial. The past perfect is therefore appropriate.

    The writer stared 'back' at the flat they had presumably left to come to the burial. 'Back' here is a direction rather than a return stare.

    (ps. crossposted with teechar)
    Last edited by Piscean; 22-Oct-2015 at 12:49. Reason: ps added

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It means to grasp something.
    I guess both the meanings of "hold" and "catch" are almost same. So why we should use "catch hold?" it seems like a phrasal verb but I could not find any cues about it in my dictionaries!

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The past perfect is therefore appropriate.
    In conclusion, Both of the "completed" and "had completed" are correct but the second one (past perfect) is more correct. Yeah?

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    I guess both the meanings of "hold" and "catch" are almost same. So why we should use "catch hold?" it seems like a phrasal verb but I could not find any cues about it in my dictionaries!
    In that particular sentence there is no significant difference between 'took my hand ', 'took me by the hand', 'took hold of my hand', ', 'grasped my hand' ', 'caught hold of my hand', etc. The speaker/writer had free choice.
    Last edited by Piscean; 22-Oct-2015 at 14:13. Reason: typo corrected

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    In conclusion, Both of the "completed" and "had completed" are correct
    In that particular sentence, the simple past is not really appropriate.

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    Re: The meaning of "caught hold" in the [my mother caught hold of my hand]

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'took me my the hand',
    I'm sure Piscean meant to type "took me by the hand."

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