General Writing and Grammar Help/Got hold ON - Got hold OF

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Dear Ted:

Which of the folowing sentences is grammatically correct?

1) The policeman got a hold ON the criminal and prevented the man from escaping.

2) The policeman got a hold OF the criminal and prevented the man from escaping.

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo.

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the folowing sentences is grammatically correct?

1) The policeman got a hold ON the criminal and prevented the man from escaping.

2) The policeman got a hold OF the criminal and prevented the man from escaping.

*** #2 is correct.  #1 sounds like the policeman was a wrestler and used his wrestling hold skills.  Wrestling HOLDS are put on one's opponent.

I don't think this sentence has anything to do with wrestling.

That's why #2 is the best.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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