To catch your eye / eye-catching 抓眼球/醒目

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Helen: Hi Chris, I see you've got an interesting new jumper. 你身上的這件套衫挺有意思的。

Chris: Ah, yes. I went to the market this weekend. I wasn't looking for a new jumper but I walked past a vintage clothing stall and this just caught my eye.

Helen: Ow, did it hurt? 買衣服的時候把眼睛給拉了一下,疼不疼?

Chris: No, no. It's just a way of saying it attracted my attention and it made me want to take a closer look. I eventually bought it for only £10. What do you think?

Helen: Well, it's OK. But I don't really like the yellow colour with orange sleeves. It's a bit bright!看著有點兒扎眼!

Chris: What do you mean?

Helen: I have to be honest Chris: bright colours don't really suit you. 很鮮艷的顏色不是特別適合你。

Chris: Oh. Well, it might not be to your taste, but I'm sure other people will like it.

Helen: Jen, what do you think of Chris's outfit today?

Jen: Wow, that's an eye-catching jumper! Don't tell me you actually paid for that?

Chris: Wh-

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Helen: An eye-catching jumper. So when it catches your eye, you notice it. 一下子就抓住了你的目光 eye catching.

Jen: That's right, Helen. But eye-catching doesn't necessarily mean it's bright – like Chris's interesting jumper. It can be something that you quickly see because it surprises or interests you.

Chris: You can also catch other people's eyes.

Helen: Urgh, I hope no-one throws their eyes at me! 我可不希望人們把他們的眼珠子都扔向我。

Chris: It's a gesture that can be romantic – to catch someone's eye across a crowded room.Let's listen to some examples:

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Jeff was about to give up and leave when he caught Sophie's eye at the bar.

David was impatient to leave the restaurant and raised his hand to catch the waiter's eye.

Chris: So you can grab someone else's attention by looking at them with your eyes.

Helen: Hmm.那麼如果我看上了某個人,我可不可以問 if I can catch their eye?

Chris: No, it's just something you do when you look at someone. You don't need to ask.

Helen: I'm looking around the room, I'm looking around the room and now I'm looking at you, Chris. I'm catching your eye. 我們的目光對上了。

Chris: That's right.

Helen: I'm catching your eye!

Chris: Well, it is only temporary. If you look for any longer it can become a stare.

Helen: I've caught your eye! 我抓住你的目光了。

Chris:Yes, yes you have… OK, you are definitely staring at me now.