‘attention’ 注目 means notice or interest. ‘Pay attention’ means ‘Listen! Look! Focus here!’ Native speakers *don’t* usually say ‘give attention’ and we *never* say ‘do attention’ (but that is correct in French!). Instead we say ‘pay attention’. It doesn’t mean anything about money; in this case, ‘pay’ ‘give’. But ‘pay’ is the natural, commonly-used word partner for the word ‘attention’.
A: Hey! Pay attention! This is important!
B: Oh, sorry. I was thinking about Bob. He was really angry at me in the meeting.
A: Oh, don’t pay any attention to him. He’s just having a bad day. But please focus on this project now; I need your help.
Do you find it difficult to pay attention in English class??? What kinds of classes make it easy to pay attention?
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