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    Can I say "She was on a call" to say that she was in the process of answering a call?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Be on a call

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    Can I say "She was on a call" to say that she was in the process of answering a call?

    Thanks in advance!
    Yes you can.

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    Re: Be on a call

    Quote Originally Posted by Prt View Post
    Can I say "She was on a call" to say that she was in the process of answering a call?

    Thanks in advance!
    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, you can. But saying that she was on the phone is more common to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prt View Post
    Can I say "She was on a call" to say that she was in the process of answering a call?

    Thanks in advance!
    It depends. The phrase "on call", or the expression "be on call", means that one is expected to take a phone call in order to go to work if one is needed. Doctors are oftentimes on call. Other occupations sometimes require people to be "on call" as well.

    In American English, I would never say "she was on call" to mean "she was in the process of answering a call". Being in the process of answering a call is a relatively short process anyway that does not need to be thought of as a process. I would say, "she was on the phone" or "she was on another call" or "she's on another line".

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    Re: Be on a call

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    It depends. The phrase "on call", or the expression "be on call", means that one is expected to take a phone call in order to go to work if one is needed. Doctors are oftentimes on call. Other occupations sometimes require people to be "on call" as well.
    True, but the phrase "on call" is not in question. But since you bring it up; if a doctor who is "on call" is called out, she is "on a call".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    True, but the phrase "on call" is not in question. But since you bring it up; if a doctor who is "on call" is called out, she is "on a call".
    That's not how I understand it. One can be "on call", which means they are required to take calls in case they are needed.

    As I understand it, "on a call" is in question. I'll look at the top of the discussion again.

    I just checked. The learners's post asks about the phrase "on call".

    Can I say "She was on a call" to say that she was in the process of answering a call?
    Last edited by PROESL; 28-Aug-2009 at 19:24.

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    Re: Be on a call

    Quote Originally Posted by Prt View Post
    Can I say "She was on a call" to say that she was in the process of answering a call?

    Thanks in advance!

    As I understand it, "on call" is in question. I'll look at the top of the discussion again.

    I just checked. The learners's post asks about the phrase "on call".

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    Re: Be on a call

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Tom: What is she doing now?
    Bob: She's on the phone now.

    How does this dialog sound? Would it be okay to use "on a call" in place of "on the phone"? Can Bob also say: "She is having a call now"?
    Usage of having would be incorrect. You can say having a conversation, but definitely not having a call...

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    Re: Be on a call

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Usage of having would be incorrect. You can say having a conversation, but definitely not having a call...
    For the usage of having you can check these..
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/f...ve-having.html
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...rd-having.html
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...se-having.html
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...87-having.html

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    Re: Be on a call

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    That's not how I understand it. One can be "on call", which means they are required to take calls in case they are needed.
    That's right. A person is "on call". And when they take a call, they are "on a call".

    As I understand it, "on a call" is in question. I'll look at the top of the discussion again.
    Yes it is, that's what I said; and you've brought "on call" into question.

    I just checked. The learners's post asks about the phrase "on call". No.
    You think the learner asked about "on a call". You check, and come back and say, Yes, they asked about "on call". Can't you see you're contradicting yourself?
    PROESL, can you really not read your own post, or mine? You're all over the place.
    You can check it as many times as you like. The first mention of the phrase "on call" was from you.
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