sentence check: "my headphones cable got caught on (to) a book?" Is it right to say ‘my headphones cable got caught on (to) a book?’ im not quite sure i just came up with this... does it sound right?

Below is what i just saw:

But the have this assymetrical headphone cord, and I just cannot figure out how I am supposed to wear these things comfortably. I've tried it with the cord in front of my neck, behind it, over my ears, under my shirt, but it just doesn't seem to work. Either there is too much weight on one ear, or there's too much cord and it keeps getting tangled, or it just gets caught on something. Plus, it looks stupid.


Catch on is a perfectly idiomatic compound verb. Catch to is not.

EDIT: Catch onto is also idiomatic.

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  • The OP may mean "catch onto"; not "catch to". :) – Catija Apr 24 '18 at 4:28
  • @ Catija Ahh, good point. Thank you. I shall edit. – Jeff Morrow Apr 24 '18 at 5:09
  • I see! so i can either say" my headphones cable got caught on a book " or "my headphones cable got caught onto a book"? to express the headphones cable is entangled with a book @Jeff Morrow – Cry-lo Ren Apr 24 '18 at 7:14
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    @ Cry Personally, I'd stick with on. You will certainly hear onto, but, at least in my part of the US, it is primarily colloquial and informal. – Jeff Morrow Apr 24 '18 at 11:05

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