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    Dear Teachers.

    She is looking forward to her new life.
    She and her husband have not filed for divorce yet.
    She talked to him yesterday, of course she did the calling, he is still upset.

    1, I'd like to know the meaning of "did the calling" and "upset"
    2, Is there any difference between "she did the called" and she called"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Dear Teachers.

    She is looking forward to her new life.
    She and her husband have not filed for divorce yet.
    She talked to him yesterday, of course she did the calling, he is still upset.

    1, I'd like to know the meaning of "did the calling" and "upset"
    2, Is there any difference between "she did the called" and she called"

    she "did the calling" - sounds to me she knew he wouldn't bother picking up the phone himself so it was left up to her. Come to think of it, I guess it's OK to do the calling as a single act or many of them (numerous phone calls)...

    "upset" - I guess the emotions were still flying high and he wasn't ready to call her yet.

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    PS: and 'she did the called' is not correct grammar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    . Come to think of it, I guess it's OK to do the calling as a single act or many of them (numerous phone calls)...
    I would use 'the calling' for many calls or repeated attempts at one number. I don't think I'd use it for a single call, unless it was a particularly difficult call. It could be used for a single call, but it smacks of work to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would use 'the calling' for many calls or repeated attempts at one number. I don't think I'd use it for a single call, unless it was a particularly difficult call. It could be used for a single call, but it smacks of work to me.
    Well, with the other example that was exactly my first impression as well but here everything sounds fine to me...soooo...my theory of multiple phone calls is shot. That's what happens when you wreck your brains too much and try to come up with something real smart to say (talking about me, of course!).

    How about another example to show what I mean:

    The Principal wants to talk to me or you about our son and his poor grades. I don't think I feel like calling him too much. I know you don't, either. So who's gonna do the calling?

    Similar example and it works great as far I am concerned. Just one painful phone call to make...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    Similar example and it works great as far I am concerned. Just one painful phone call to make...
    I think both, too.

    Just the one call as well as many calls works in the original context. There were two potential calls that could have been made : one from X and one from Y, but only one person made the call.

    The meaning, 'two potential calls' gives us the plural reading, whereas 'only one person' made the call gives us the singular meaning.

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