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    #1

    is it okay to say...

    If I want two people to meet each other, I want to say: "Contact her before she leaves". Can I say: "Get a hold of her before she leaves"?

    Also if my friend works on the radio, can I say: "He does talking for a living"?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: is it okay to say...

    Andrew,


    Your first question depends on register. If you're in a casual enough situation (a party, for example), the more colloquial "get a hold of her" could work. Bear in mind, however, that "get a hold of" is perhaps better suited for making successful contact via telephone (ie, "I called around noon, but I couldn't get a hold of her"). A more generic (and slightly less casual) phrase might be "get in touch with her".


    I'm a little wary of "does talking". You could just use the present simple "he talks for a living". Not all gerunds work in combination with the verb "to do!"

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    #3

    Re: is it okay to say...

    No, he doesn't "do talking" for a living. He is a radio commentator or a broadcaster. Or a DJ. Or a journalist.

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