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is this sentence grammatically correct? Would a native speaking person say this sentence as it is?

They should have paid (?) more attention on (?) their first lecture about the (?) law of supply and demand.

A little bit of context: "They" are no longer in school, they have a job now and they lack knowledge about something important (in my case it's the law of supply and demand, just a random topic that came into my mind)

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  • Yes, we say to pay attention to something in English. Generally, pay more attention to something.
    – Lambie
    Jan 21, 2022 at 16:58
  • "pay more attention to the law" and "on their first lecture" (I would put the place at the end because it's less important than the subject) Jan 21, 2022 at 22:03

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Most of this is correct, but instead of They should have paid more attention on their first lecture about the law of supply and demand. it should be They should have paid more attention to their first lecture about the law of supply and demand., since you 'pay attention to', not 'on'

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    Yes. You can also pay attention during a lecture. (That's actually the preposition I thought of first.) Jan 21, 2022 at 21:13
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The sentence is grammatically correct and natural, and a native speaker might say it.

If you pay attention to a class, it means you're focusing on the material in that class.

If you pay attention on a class, it means you're focusing during that class. It only indirectly means that you're focusing on the class material.

So it's more common to say, "... pay attention to their first lecture...".

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