English version

catch at something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcatch at something phrasal verbHOLDto try to take hold of something She caught at his arm, ‘Hang on. I’m coming with you.’ catch→ See Verb table
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catch at In this way there is less chance of being caught at a disadvantage or being ambushed by circumstances.But the presence of a lot of barbel is not the only reason why large numbers can be caught at a sitting.She heard him catch at air, and cough up the last slime of the river.Such small tumors are often caught at an earlier, more curable stage.But it is not only trout that I have caught at Coldingham.He had merely been caught at it, that was all, or half way caught at it.He completed passes to nine different Seahawks, with seven of them catching at least two.It works so well at San Pablo that more trout are stocked and caught at this lake than any other in California.
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Verb table
catch
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycatch
he, she, itcatches
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycaught
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave caught
he, she, ithas caught
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad caught
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill catch
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have caught
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam catching
he, she, itis catching
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you, we, theyare catching
Past
I, he, she, itwas catching
you, we, theywere catching
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been catching
he, she, ithas been catching
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been catching
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be catching
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been catching
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