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    Default call/call out/call back/call for/call off

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I have come to tell you that our exam will be postponed till after tomorrow.
    I have called to tell you that our exam will be postponed till after tomorrow.

    One of the best pupils was told to recite the poem to the rest of the class.
    One of the best pupils was called out to recite the poem to the rest of the class.
    call out = summon into action or service

    I was told to show my passport.
    I was called out to show my passport.

    Summon the doctor at once!The case is urgent.
    Call in the doctor at once! The case is urgent.
    call in = summon for help or consultation

    Tell them to return.
    Call them back.
    call back = ask someone to return

    Shout in case you lose your way in the thicket.
    Call out, in case you lose your way in the thicket.

    The situation demands quick action.
    The situation calls for quick action.
    call for = require, demand

    The performance was stopped because of the air-raid.
    The performance was called off because of the air-raid.
    call off = cancel some plan or undertaking

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: call/call out/call back/call for/call off

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I have come to tell you that our exam will be postponed till after tomorrow.
    I have called to tell you that our exam will be postponed till after tomorrow.
    I think they are about the same. I would say 'have called' in this situation makes you think more of a telephone call rather than a visit in my opinion.

    One of the best pupils was told to recite the poem to the rest of the class.
    One of the best pupils was called out to recite the poem to the rest of the class.
    call out = summon into action or service
    Yes I think they mean about the same. The 'told' sentence possibly seems a bit more forced as if they didn't want to recite the poem. The 'called out' sentence does not give any indication of the pupils attitude towards reciting.

    I was told to show my passport.
    I was called out to show my passport.
    Same as above really. 'Told' possibly seems more forceful. Also I get the impression in the 'called out' sentence that the person is called out of a group of people and possibly is one of the only few to have to show their passport.

    Summon the doctor at once!The case is urgent.
    Call in the doctor at once! The case is urgent.
    call in = summon for help or consultation
    Yes I think they are the same.

    Tell them to return.
    Call them back.
    call back = ask someone to return
    Yes I think they are the same. 'Tell them' is possibly a bit more forceful/impolite.

    Shout in case you lose your way in the thicket.
    Call out, in case you lose your way in the thicket.
    Yes I think they are the same

    The situation demands quick action.
    The situation calls for quick action.
    call for = require, demand
    Yes I think so

    The performance was stopped because of the air-raid.
    The performance was called off because of the air-raid.
    call off = cancel some plan or undertaking
    Again I think this is correct.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Please note I am not a teacher

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    sarat_106 is offline Key Member
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    Exclamation Re: call/call out/call back/call for/call off

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I have come to tell you that our exam will be postponed till the day after tomorrow.
    I was (have) called to tell you that our exam will be postponed till the day after tomorrow. Till after(a preposition after preposition) means nithing

    One of the best pupils was told to recite the poem to the rest of the class.
    One of the best pupils was called out to recite the poem to the rest of the class.
    call out = summon into action or service Ok

    I was told to show my passport.
    I was called out to show my passport.

    Summon the doctor at once! The case is urgent.(I think ‘summon’ is not the right word.
    Call in the doctor at once! The case is urgent.
    call in = summon for help or consultation=to ask someone to come to help in a difficult situation

    Tell them to return.
    Call them back.
    I will call you back after one hour.
    call back = ask someone to return=to return to a place in order to see someone or collect something/to telephone someone again

    Shout in case you lose your way in the thicket.
    Call out, in case you lose your way in the thicket. Ok

    The situation demands quick action.
    The situation calls for quick action.
    call for = require, demand=need

    The performance was stopped because of the air-raid.(cancelled in the middle)
    The performance was called off because of the air-raid.
    call off = cancel some plan or undertaking=to cancel (something) that had been planned for a certain date:

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Most of them are Ok subject to my comments in red.

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