llamar la atención
llamar la atención(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to bring to notice; used with "sobre" and with "a")
a. to call attention to
Nuestra misión radica en llamar la atención a la necesidad de salvar la brecha entre la ciencia y la sociedad.Our mission is to call attention to the need to bridge the gap between science and society.
El congreso ofrece una oportunidad de llamar la atención sobre una cuestión largamente olvidada.This conference is an opportunity to call attention to a long neglected issue.
2. (to reprimand; used with "a")
a. to caution
El gerente le llamó la atención a Juan por llegar tarde todos los días.The manager cautioned Juan for being late for work every day.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to cause to be noticed)
a. to call attention to oneself
Lisa es una adolescente tratando de llamar la atención.Lisa is an adolescent trying to call attention to herself.
4. (to be noticeable)
a. to strike one's attention
Al mirar el cuadro, lo primero que llama la atención es la forma roja que está a la izquierda.When you look at the painting, what strikes your attention first is the red shape on the left.
b. to stand out
Su actuación llama la atención por la naturalidad.Her performance stands out for its naturalness.
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