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    Re: mobile

    India has the second largest number of English speakers in the world after the USA, around 200 million. This only represents about 20% of the population of India but it's a lot of people.

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    Thank you all.

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    #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Give a miss(ed) call" is very common in Indian English.
    I heard it used by an American too, but I don't know how common it is.

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    I can understand the usefulness of having such a phrase, but (like a lot of English) it's not logical to me say "Give me a missed call." It's not missed until I choose not to answer it. Give me a call and I won't pick up, which then makes it an ignored call, not a missed one... but I wouldn't be surprised to see it move into the mainstream. I can't say I've ever heard it here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #15

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    I believe 'Please, beep me' would be widely understood, 'Give me a missed call' not so much!

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    I believe 'Please, beep me' would be widely understood,
    Not by me. Back in the old days, pagers were called beepers by some. I would never connect your suggestion to the idea of a deliberately unanswered phone call.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #17

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    Not by me. Back in the old days, pagers were called beepers by some. I would never connect your suggestion to the idea of a deliberately unanswered phone call.
    What about this?

    Please, beep me on my cell/mobile phone then I will call you back as soon as possible!

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    No, I would still be thinking that you wanted to page me on my phone and wonder how that was possible.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #19

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can understand the usefulness of having such a phrase, but (like a lot of English) it's not logical to me say "Give me a missed call." It's not missed until I choose not to answer it. ...
    you should read it as "missedcall" and not "missed call". Here "missed" is not an adjective but "missedcall" is a compound noun which has been coined for this particular reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    you should read it as "missedcall" and not "missed call". Here "missed" is not an adjective but "missedcall" is a compound noun which has been coined for this particular reason.
    That's a new one for me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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