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    Question Put the phone down

    Hi,

    Is it appropriate to say after speaking to someone over the phone..

    "Now I will put the phone down"

    Is this usage accepted?

    Thanks


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    Re: Put the phone down

    Anupumh, I want you to promise me that you will never say this sentence to a native speaker over the phone. They may laugh so hard they could drop their phone and break it.

    I'm kidding (but just barely).

    Greg

    P.S. Seriously. You would have to have one v-e-r-y good reason to say that sentence. Stick with "Goodbye."


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    Re: Put the phone down

    That sounds aggressive and reactive, as though the conversation was not friendly.

    If you are merely intending to end a conversation maybe "If we have nothing further to discuss, I shall hang up". It is not normal to have to tell the person at the other end that you are hanging up or putting the phone down. Usually one says goodbye and rings off.

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    Re: Put the phone down

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    That sounds aggressive and reactive, as though the conversation was not friendly.

    If you are merely intending to end a conversation maybe "If we have nothing further to discuss, I shall hang up". It is not normal to have to tell the person at the other end that you are hanging up or putting the phone down. Usually one says goodbye and rings off.
    What I intended to ask was that, can "putting the phone down" be used in place of hang up or ring off?

    Is this expression appropriate in any scenario?

    Will any native speaker ever use it?


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    Re: Put the phone down

    Probably if angry with the other caller. Otherwise there is no need to use any term when completing a telephone call.

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    Re: Put the phone down

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Probably if angry with the other caller. Otherwise there is no need to use any term when completing a telephone call.
    Put the phone down is a very common expression among indian speakers. They will generally end a converastion stating "now I will like to put the phone down, bye and take care". These and many more expressions which though grammtically may be correct, but are not generally used by native speapers have been termed as Indianisms.


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    Re: Put the phone down

    What I intended to ask was that, can "putting the phone down" be used in place of hang up or ring off?

    Is this expression appropriate in any scenario?

    Will any native speaker ever use it?
    What we're trying to tell you is that it would only be used in very special circumstances. For example, someone might say something like "I'm going to put the phone down" if they needed to step away from the phone and take a few moments to deal with some situation, like the doorbell is ringing or the kid is about to set fire to the cat, etc. There are other more common things for such situations though, like "Hang on" or "Hold on for a second," etc.

    What I meant was that if you just say "I'm going to put the phone down now" in a normal, regular phone conversation, it sounds very weird to us. Weird in a funny way. Gee whiz...you can't have any fun in this forum without people getting all bent out of shape.

    Greg

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    #8

    Re: Put the phone down

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    What I intended to ask was that, can "putting the phone down" be used in place of hang up or ring off?

    Is this expression appropriate in any scenario?

    Will any native speaker ever use it?
    Yes, but you don't say it to the person on the other end of the line.
    You can say to your daughter "Put the damn phone down, Amanda. I'm waiting for a call".
    You can say to your wife, "I wish Amanda would put the phone down occasionally. I'm already working overtime to pay our phone bills".


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    Re: Put the phone down

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Is it appropriate to say after speaking to someone over the phone..

    "Now I will put the phone down"

    Is this usage accepted?

    Thanks
    Well, we used to say "hang up". I'm going to hang up now.

    But these days with cellphones and cordless homephones, it makes more sense to say "I'm going to disconnect".

    Of course, keep in mind that it would make no sense to announce this to the listener -- unless, of course, the speaker was not very happy with the listener.

    Fred, I'm going to disconnect now. Goodbye.

    But Wilma!


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    #10

    Re: Put the phone down

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Is it appropriate to say after speaking to someone over the phone..

    "Now I will put the phone down"

    Is this usage accepted?

    Thanks
    I wouldn't say so, especially if the listener is in the US talking to a customer service representative who is in another country. I don't advise using the phrase "put the phone down".


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