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    He was speaking from one of the life rafts as he waited to be rescued.

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    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Hundreds saved from doomed ferry
    "The ship shifted suddenly and some people just panicked," a man named as Roger Cinciron was quoted as telling a local radio station by phone. He was speaking from one of the life rafts as he waited to be rescued.

    Is it wrong to use "on" in place of from? Roger Cinciron was on the phone, so is hhh appropriate?

    Thank you.

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    Re: He was speaking from one of the life rafts as he waited to be rescued.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Hundreds saved from doomed ferry
    "The ship shifted suddenly and some people just panicked," a man named as Roger Cinciron was quoted as telling a local radio station by phone. He was speaking from one of the life rafts as he waited to be rescued.

    Is it wrong to use "on" in place of from? Roger Cinciron was on the phone, so is hhh appropriate?

    Thank you.
    ‘Speaking on one of the life-rafts’ means that he was speaking to someone on the life-raft.

    If he is communicating with someone not on the life-raft, then he is 'speaking from one of the the life-rafts', whether by telephone, megaphone,or shouting across to another vessel, shore etc.

    "Excuse me Mr. Smith, you have a call from London"

    We could hear them shouting from far away.


    I could hear them speaking on the ship from the shore.
    (the people were speaking to each other on the ship, and I could hear them).

    Robert was on the phone from the raft.

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