I was wondering which verb is usually used instead of the bold verb below:

  • During my journey to that country, I hired a bicycle. When I was taking some pictures at the X square, I just took no notice to my bicycle for a few seconds, and as soon as I turned my face it was vanished into thin air; I even didn't realize how they stole it!

In the sentence above, I have no idea what (phrasal)verb normally is used to indicate "usually" a short period of unawreness of something or taking no notice to something or paying no attention to something often because you are distracted or paying attention to something/someone else?

Please help me to find the proper verb for this meaning.

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I would say:

I glanced away from my bicycle (and when I looked back it was gone).

From Merriam-Webster:

4 a of the eyes : to move swiftly from one thing to another
4 b : to take a quick look at something
// glanced at his watch

Since glance already implies quickly or briefly, adding for a few seconds isn't actually necessary, and the sentence can be shortened considerably.


You could also use the idiom:

"I took my eyes off my bike for a few seconds."

According to Macmillan:

take your eyes off (phrase) to stop looking at someone or something
She only took her eyes off the child for a moment.


Your own suggestion,

I just didn't pay attention to my bicycle for a few seconds

works fine. Another option would be to use to leave unattended:

I just left my bicycle unattended for a few seconds

Both sound more idiomatic than 'to take no notice'.

Note that the 'short while' is already conveyed by the words 'just' and (more clearly) 'for a few seconds'. I'm not sure if there is a verb that also encompasses this time component.

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