Discussion in 'English Only' started by LQZ, Nov 19, 2009.
Can I use grab to substitute for "grab onto"? If not, could you tell me why? Thanks.
Hello LQZ. No, I don't think you can there. (You quite often can use one or the other, but not here.) Here grab onto means something like 'take hold of in an opportune way in order to use for a particular purpose' ~ that meaning just wouldn't come across if you used grab on its own
In that context, grab could be used alone, but grab onto is more graphic.
The implication is that the opponents are desperate for something to save their case. Like a drowning man, they will grab onto anything that floats by. Grab onto implies keeping hold of something for one's own safety, but grab on its own can mean taking it away, as in stealing.
Aha, I got it. Thanks.
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