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    Default no one is attending the phone

    I just called the internet helpline, but no one is attending the phone.

    Is this sentence correct?

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by jayan12 View Post
    I just called the internet helpline, but no one is attending the phone.

    Is this sentence correct?
    answer, lift, pick up the phone

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by jayan12 View Post
    I just called the internet helpline, but no one is attending the phone.

    Is this sentence correct?
    Hi jayan12,

    Yes, it's correct. You could also say "..., but no one is answering (the phone)." But the phrase "... no one is attending ..." gives more focus to the lack of service by the particular Internet helpline.
    Last edited by Monticello; 22-Mar-2009 at 16:29.

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi jayan12,

    Yes, it's correct. You could also say "..., but no one is answering (the phone)."
    attending the phone -- is it a collocation, really?

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    attending the phone -- is it a collocation, really?
    Hi svartnik,

    - Not commonly used. But, as my previous post states, if one wished to provide a subtle emphasis about the lack of service, then "... no one is attending ..." is more to the point. N'est pas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    more to the point. N'est pas?
    Affirmatif.

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

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    Hi svartnik,

    - Not commonly used. But, as my previous post states, if one wished to provide a subtle emphasis about the lack of service, then "... no one is attending ..." is more to the point. N'est pas?

    N'est pas means?

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by jayan12 View Post
    N'est pas means?
    It means: Nicht war?

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    It is fine, though the style is dated. Today we'd say no one is answering.

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    Default Re: no one is attending the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    It means: Nicht war?
    Hi svartnik,

    German? I've never studied that language, so you tell me: N'est pas? is French for Isn't it?

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