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    claim a place on the team

    Hi,

    Which of the following definitions fits the use of "claim" in "He claimed a place on the team"?

    1. to ask for something of value because you think it belongs to you or because you think you have a right to it:
    2. to gain, win or achieve

    I'd appreciate your help.






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    #2

    Re: claim a place on the team

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    Without context, by far the most likely interpretation of the sentence is that he was selected for the team by the coach or manager.

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    #3

    Re: claim a place on the team

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
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    Without context, by far the most likely interpretation of the sentence is that he was selected for the team by the coach or manager.
    I find it difficult to determine what kind of object sense 2 takes.
    When "claim" takes "victory" as the object, it does not mean "achieve victory" as sense 2 indicates.
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    #4

    Re: claim a place on the team

    #1, and in that sense or context sometimes arbitrary or controversial.

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    #5

    Re: claim a place on the team

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    #1, and in that sense or context sometimes arbitrary or controversial.

    Just to be sure, do you think "claim" means "to ask for something of value" in "He claimed a place on the team," pace jutfrank?

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    #6

    Re: claim a place on the team

    I think of it as more of a demand than a request. The person is saying it is something they deserve.

    (My opinion.)
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    Re: claim a place on the team

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I think of it as more of a demand than a request. The person is saying it is something they deserve.

    (My opinion.)
    Are you referring to the example sentence "He claimed a place on the team"?

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    #8

    Re: claim a place on the team

    Yes. (That's the one we're talking about.)
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    #9

    Re: claim a place on the team

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Yes. (That's the one we're talking about.)
    You don't think the second sense of "claim," i.e. to gain, win, or achieve, is applicable?

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    #10

    Re: claim a place on the team

    It depends on context. I would say that if a place on the team was on offer, he demonstrated the requisite talent/ability to play well, and the place was given to him, then he "claimed" it by "winning/achieving" it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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