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    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference between "call" and "do the calling"

    Which is natural?

    1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call?
    2, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I do the calling?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference between "call" and "do the calling"

    Which is natural?

    1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call?
    2, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I do the calling?

    Thank you in advance.
    Either say: "Should I call first?" or " Should I make the call first?"

    If you do the calling it imples more than one phone call as in:

    "Telemarketers have to do a lot of calling".( something that drives most of us nuts!)

    It means to call around, usually in search of something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    "Telemarketers have to do a lot of calling".( something that drives most of us nuts!)
    Most?? All, surely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference between "call" and "do the calling"

    Which is natural?

    1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call?
    2, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I do the calling?

    Thank you in advance.
    Sorry for messing things up for you. #2 is fine. Forget my previous reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    1. I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call?
    2. I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I do the calling?
    The tag on 2. is short for,

    Should I be the one to do the calling or should I wait for her to do the calling?

    Please note that, 'do the calling' is synonymous with 'call', 'make the call, 'telephone' and 'phone':

    Should I call?
    Should I make the call?
    Should I be the one to make the call?
    Should I be the one to call?

    Should I phone?
    Should I telephone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Dear teachers.
    I'd like to know the difference between "call" and "do the calling"
    Which is natural?
    1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call?
    2, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I do the calling?
    Thank you in advance.
    I am speaking from the perspective of a native English speaker from Quebec, Canada. I mention this because conventions can vary regionally.

    The first example, "Should I call", is definitely more natural. It's the form I expect to hear 99% of the time.

    For me, "do the calling" can imply that I shouldn't have to do the calling as it was the other person's responsibility for some reason.

    It can imply questioning the propriety or social correctness of my making the call verses the other person making the call. For example, you have a disagreement with someone and you believe they instigated it therefore they should be the one to call you.

    In your example:

    "1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call?"

    I would add:

    1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Should I call her?

    or even:

    1, I met a girl. She said she'd call. Do you think I should I call her?

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