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    return my call

    Hi all,

    I called a person but he did not answer. When leaving a voice message to him, can I say "I have urgent things to find you. Could you return my call at 1234567 as soon as possible?". or should I say "Could you call back me at 1234567 as soon as possible?"

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    Re: return my call

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Hi all,

    I called a person but he did not answer. When leaving a voice message to him, can I say "I have urgent things to find you. Could you return my call at 1234567 as soon as possible?". or should I say "Could you call me back at 1234567 as soon as possible?"

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    JY
    "I have urgent things to find you" doesn't make sense. "Could you call back me at/on 1234567 as soon as possible?" This is fine.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 17-Aug-2012 at 18:12. Reason: Correction

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    Re: return my call

    So I cannot say "could you return my call at 1234567?"?

    Would it make sense if I say "I have urgent things to find you to deal with"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I have urgent things to find you" doesn't make sense. "Could you call back me at/on 1234567 as soon as possible?" This is fine.

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    Re: return my call

    No. "Find" doesn't make any sense by phone. "I need to contact you to discuss some urgent matters/something urgent." "I need you to deal with something urgently."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: return my call

    Or I have an urgent matter to discuss with you.
    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.

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    Re: return my call

    So I cannot say "could you return my call at 1234567?"?

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    Re: return my call

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Could you call back me at/on 1234567 as soon as possible?" This is fine.
    It should be "call me back", I suppose?

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    Re: return my call

    Call me back or return my call are both fine. I don't know why you thought it wasn't.
    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.

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    Re: return my call

    It is because the people here only responded to the part of my question regarding "call me back". No one gives me an affirmative response in respect of "return my call".

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Call me back or return my call are both fine. I don't know why you thought it wasn't.

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    Re: return my call

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    It is because the people here only responded to the part of my question regarding "call me back". No one gives me an affirmative response in respect of "return my call".
    That's the problem when there is more than one thing to deal with in a thread. Some of us like to deal with one thing at a time in order to avoid long threads that can become confusing.

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