The idea is to attract and captive your audience

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Himanshu Sindhi

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Hindi
This question was asked in an exam in India as...

In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

The idea is to (1)/ attract and captive (2)/ your audience. (3)/ No Error (4)

As per the official answer key, the error is in "part 2". Would it be "captivate" instead of "captive"?
 
  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    I think it probably is 'captivate', although I wondered about 'capture'. We talk about 'capturing people's attention'.

    'Captive' is a noun.
     

    Andygc

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    British English
    But, Hermione, I don't think that we would capture our audience - wouldn't it be our aim to captivate our audience by capturing their attention. The idea of tying them into their seats seems to be taking things a bit far. :)
     
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