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    If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand then wh

    If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand then what do we say it? Or if they deliberately leave their hand then what do we say it?

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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    1. They lost their grip - for example, if you are minding a child, and you lose your grip, and they fall in the river and drown.
    2. They let go of it (the other person's hand).

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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and loseS their grip on THAT PERSON'S hand then HOW do we say THAT? Or if they deliberately LET GO OF their hand then HOW do we say THAT?
    Last edited by Tarheel; 13-Oct-2017 at 21:24. Reason: Fix something.

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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Tufguy, please review each post you write. Look for the word that and the phrase that person. If you see that you've used them, review what your teachers and volunteers here have told you about them. You will usually be able to replace them with more natural words that consume less of the world's finite supply of syllables.

    Please don't take this to mean that you can never use the word that, which is essential, or even the phrase that person, which might possibly be appropriate somewhere. Hmm, on second thought, you have already exhausted your lifetime supply of the phrase that person. You don't need to write it ever again.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 13-Oct-2017 at 21:39. Reason: Insert a missing word.
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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Tufguy, please review each post you write. Look for the word that and the phrase that person. If you see that you've used them, review what your teachers and volunteers here have told you about them. You will usually be able to replace them with more natural words that consume less of the world's finite supply of syllables.

    Please don't take this to mean that you can never use the word that, which is essential, or even the phrase that person, which might possibly be appropriate somewhere. Hmm, on second thought, you have already exhausted your lifetime supply of the phrase that person. You don't need to write it ever again.
    1) John let go of Carmela's hand.

    2) John and Carmela went to a festival. They were holding hands but it was so crowded there that they lost grip on each other's hand. (I think I have used "that" here properly.)

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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) John let go of Carmela's hand.

    2) John and Carmela went to a festival. They were holding hands but it was so crowded there that they lost their grip on each other. 's hand. (I think I have used "that" here properly.)
    See above. You can often shorten any sentence that repeats a noun. You don't have to tell the reader what they lost their grip on; you just told us what they were gripping!
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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    I think you can also say "lost grip of each other".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I think you can also say "lost grip of each other".
    You can't. In American English you could say they lost hold of each other.
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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You can't. In American English you could say they lost hold of each other.
    I have checked with the Ngram viewer and fraze.it and found that it (lose grip of) is used.

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...p%20on%3B%2Cc0

    https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=lose+grip+of&l=0

    Why the difference in preposition between "lose grip" and "lose hold"?
    Last edited by tedmc; 14-Oct-2017 at 15:53.
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    Re: If somebody is holding somebody else's hand and lose their grip on their hand the

    Fraze.it lists only one instance of lose grip of, and it does not look natural to me. Other words are interposed in all the other examples.

    I can't answer your question; one phrase is simply natural while the other is not.
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