llamar la atención

llamar la atención(
yah
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mahr
 
lah
 
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tehn
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syohn
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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 issue with a warning; used with "a")
a. to reprimand
Si sigue así voy a tener que llamarle la atención.If she carries on like that, I'm going to have to reprimand her.
b. to caution (United Kingdom)
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.
b. to attract attention to oneself
Soy una persona muy discreta. No me gusta llamar la atención.I'm a very discreet person. I don't like to attract attention to myself.
c. to attract attention
No hables tan alto. Estás llamando la atención.Don't talk so loud. You're attracting attention.
d. to draw attention to oneself
Jorge lleva siempre ropa tan llamativa porque le gusta llamar la atención.Jorge always wears such flashy clothes because he likes to draw attention to himself.
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 catch one's attention
Si un artista callejero me llama la atención, le dejo dinero.If a street artist catches my attention, I give them money.
c. to stand out
Su actuación llama la atención por la naturalidad.Her performance stands out for its naturalness.
d. to struck
Me llamó la atención la amabilidad de la gente en este pueblo.The friendliness of the people in this town struck me.
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