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    doctors conferred by telephone

    confer
    When you confer with someone, you discuss something with them in order to make a decision. You can also say that two people confer.
    His doctors conferred by telephone and agreed that he must get away from his family for a time.
    (Collins Cobuild dictionary)

    In dictionaries "confer" in this meaning takes a preposition, so I'm not sure if I see the sentence correctly.
    As I see, the sentence means:
    His doctors conferred with each other/among themselves by telephone ...
    Am I right?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by Viktor Sorokin; 06-Jun-2013 at 22:10.

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    #2

    Re: doctors conferred by telephone

    Yes, you have it right.
    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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    #3

    Re: doctors conferred by telephone

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    confer
    When you confer with someone, you discuss something with them in order to make a decision. You can also say that two people confer.
    His doctors conferred by telephone and agreed that he must get away from his family for a time.
    (Collins Cobuild dictionary)

    In dictionaries "confer" in this meaning takes a preposition, so I'm not sure if I see the sentence correctly.
    As I see, the sentence means:
    His doctors conferred with each other/among themselves by telephone ...
    Am I right?
    Thank you.
    In that context, the word "confer" assumes a conversation between two or more people. Therefore, the word works fine in the first sentence without the following prepositional phrase.

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