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    please correct my text

    "a guy phones his girlfriend. she answers the phone but she's busy and can't talk at that moment. then, the guy says 'please, drop me a line when you're finished' ".

    please, is this text correct and natural English?
    Thanks.

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    Re: please correct my text

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "A guy phones his girlfriend. She answers the phone but says she's busy and can't talk at that moment. Then the guy says, 'Please drop me a line when you're finished' ".

    Please, is this text correct and natural English?
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    The use of the underlined phrases is fine.

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    Re: please correct my text

    In the US, 'Please drop me a line means to write a short letter or note.

    For a phone call, it would be "Please call me." or "Give me a buzz when you are finished."

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    Re: please correct my text

    "Please call me." or "Give me a buzz when you are finished."
    Also, "Please give me a tinkle when you are finished".

    'Please drop me a line means to write a short letter or note." - this is how I understand it to mean too

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    Re: please correct my text

    I read it as an intended sarcasm. The girl is clearly too busy to talk, so rather than ring perhaps she could write a note instead.

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    Re: please correct my text

    Thanks a lot.
    I indeed wanted her to send me an email or a Skype message. The expression "drop me a line" would be appropriate, right?
    Thanks again.

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    Re: please correct my text

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    I indeed wanted her to send me an email or a Skype message. The expression "drop me a line" would be appropriate, right?
    Thanks again.
    Yes, it would be.

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    Re: please correct my text

    Several years ago, a few of us at work had a discussion regarding the phrase "drop me a line". The younger people said they understood it to mean "write me a letter" or "email" while the older (35 years +) said that it meant to call since "Lines" referred to telephone lines.
    Just recently I met a new friend who is 39 years old. He would send me emails and would end it by writing "when you have a chance, drop me a line". I would send him an email back but would never call. He called me and left me a message saying "when you have a second, drop me a.......call". I think he was going to say "drop me a line" but has realized that I interpret it to mean send an email........so I think "drop me a line" really means to call.

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    Re: please correct my text

    Quote Originally Posted by Holiday4Life View Post
    Several years ago, a few of us at work had a discussion regarding the phrase "drop me a line". The younger people said they understood it to mean "write me a letter" or "email" while the older (35 years +) said that it meant to call since "Lines" referred to telephone lines.
    Just recently I met a new friend who is 39 years old. He would send me emails and would end it by writing "when you have a chance, drop me a line". I would send him an email back but would never call. He called me and left me a message saying "when you have a second, drop me a.......call". I think he was going to say "drop me a line" but has realized that I interpret it to mean send an email........so I think "drop me a line" really means to call.
    No, as the others have said, 'Drop me a line' means write me a note/letter and by extension an email. It does not mean 'call me/give me a call/phone me, or anything else to do with the telephone.

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