cat hold(holds) the edge of the bathtub

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ridgemao

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Chinese - Mandarin
Hello:


A big bathtub lay on the floor, the bathtub's height is equal to the length of the cat's body, the cat wanted to see what is inside the bathtub, so it put its front paws on the edge of the bathtub, it tried to stand and crane its neck above the bathtub to look inside.


In this circumstance, can I say "the cat is holding the edge of the bathtub" ? The cat doesn't have hands like we do so it can't hold the edge actually, it just put its paws on the edge of bathtub and tried to hold it, can I still say the sentence in bold here?


Thanks.
 
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  • dadane

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    English-London
    You can use this sentence, hands are not prerequisite for 'holding'. "The cat is holding on to the edge of the bathtub" may be slightly clearer, 'hold on' here being a phrasal verb.
     

    Hildy1

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    English - US and Canada
    Or: The cat is standing with its front paws on the edge of the bathtub.
    The cat is standing on the floor with its front paws on the edge of the bathtub.
     
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