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    #1

    The cat paws at the glass

    Hello!

    Suppose that you let your cat out onto the balcony a moment ago. Now the cat wants to go back in. He scratches at the balcony door glass with his paws in order draw the owner's attention.

    How can I express it properly? The glass needn't be mentioned.
    1.The cat paws at the glass in order for the owner to let him in.
    2.The cat paws for the owner to let him in. = The cat signals to the owner to let him in.
    3.The cat paws to the owner to let him in. = The cat signals to the owner to let him in.

    What is your opinion?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: how to say it in English

    Number 1 is a natural way to say this.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: The cat paws at the glass

    I have changed your thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


    The cat is more likely to scratch the glass with its claws. It's smart enough to know that pawing with its soft pads is not going to get its guy's attention.

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