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One of the waitresses at the diner have caught the attention of Will and Seth.

Will: Oh my God, she's beautiful.

Seth: Tell me about it. I wish I could get a girl like that.


Is the underscored sentence phrased in a natural way?

Is it possible to "catch" someone's attention without doing anything actively to do it? Asked in another way, can I use "caught the attention of..." even though the waitress maybe hasn't even paid attention to Will and Seth?

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anonymousIs it possible to "catch" someone's attention without doing anything actively to do it?

Opinions may differ on this. I'd say no, and because of that, I'd use the word "attracted" rather than "caught".

CJ