Student or Learner
Someone tells me that he called a person several times and could not reach him.
If I want to ask him to try again, can I say:
Give it a spin again now.
Last edited by jiamajia; 24-Sep-2010 at 17:45.
I think "to spin" means to turn the dial which is pretty old-fashioned.
Last edited by RobertT; 24-Sep-2010 at 20:32.
***Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker.***
What the op was actually looking for may be "give it a whirl" and its variants such as " give it a go", "give it a shot" and "give it a try".
I think of "give it a whirl" or "give it a spin" to mean to try something out, to try to use something.
I've got a new remote control car and you want to try using it -- "Here, give it a whirl" I say, handing over the control.
Or when you are car shopping (the real types of cars, not the toys) you refer to "taking it out for a spin" when you test drive it.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.