Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Collocations With The Word Grab

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with 'grab' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.


Grab a/your coat

This means to take hold of your coat or bring it with you. 'Coat' can be replaced with anything you can carry:

Examples

  • I'm heading out to the shop. Do you think I should grab my jacket?
  • It's raining outside. You should really grab a coat.
  • If you're paying for dinner, I suggest you grab your wallet before we leave!
  • Grab one of these boxes, will you? I can't carry them all.


Grab a sandwich/beer

In this case, 'grab' just means to buy or get. If you're out with your friends, and you get hungry or thirsty, you might want to grab a sandwich or a beer:

Examples

  • I'm starving! Why don't we pop in to this deli and grab a sandwich?
  • I met up with friends last week. I hadn't seen them for ages, so it was great to just grab a beer and have a chat.


Grab an/the opportunity

If you 'grab an opportunity', you take advantage of it. You don't let it pass you by.

Examples

  • When my friend offered me a partnership in his new company, I grabbed the opportunity and I've never regretted it!
  • You have to grab any opportunities that come your way to improve your chances of success.


Grab attention

When you grab someone's attention, you cause them to be interested in what you're saying or showing.

Examples

  • The purpose of advertising is to grab the attention of potential customers.
  • I wasn't listening to everything she said, but she grabbed my attention by speaking about my work.


Grab a shower

This just means to have a shower, or take the time for one.

Examples

  • I'm sweating after that long run! I'm going to grab a shower.
  • We have to leave in half an hour. Why don't you grab a shower while I put the bags in the car?


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