I know that a fascination 'holds' the individual, but how does one phrase the act of being fascinated? i.e.; does one 'hold' or does one 'have' a fascination?

Would it be more appropriate to say that he or she is 'held' by a fascination?

  • Is there a way that you can say that sentence more specifically how you are trying to use it? (ie. "She was held by a fascination of the otters, and wouldn't leave the zoo.") – BillyNair May 8 '12 at 20:27
  • @BillyNair "In those days I held - and still hold – a fascination with [...]" vs "In those days I had – and still have – a fascination with [...]" – bradleygriffith May 8 '12 at 20:41
  • Do you, @bradleygriffith, take this fascination, to have and to hold, ... – Kaz May 8 '12 at 22:23

I (native U.S. speaker) would use is fascinated with or is fascinated by.

As a child, I was fascinated with with any kind of button I could press. While these days I am fascinated by touch-screen technology, I miss the satisfying click of a button.

If forced to use have or held I could use either depending on which is the subject and which is the object:

Vampire romances hold no fascination for me. I have no fascination with the undead.


Yes, held is more appropriate.

He is held by a fascination of sailing in the sea.

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