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    put out a call

    Hi,

    "To complete a project this big rquires the talents of many artists, so Williams put out a call to filmmakers on the Sonnet's Project's website and by word of mouth."

    What do "put out a call" and "by word of mouth" mean in this sentence? Could you rephrase them for me please?


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    Re: put out a call

    not a teacher

    he put out a call to filmmakers = he requested that filmmakers contact him
    In this case it was done both through the website and by actually talking to people, asking them to tell others.

    by word of mouth - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    #3

    Re: put out a call

    Thank you JMurry now I got it. So is "put out a call" a rather informal expression that only native speakers would possibly use?

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    Re: put out a call

    LeTyan,

    It is not informal.

    It is a phrasing that would be acceptable to use in any context. To "put in/out a(n) ______" is a very common way of saying "submitted a ______," generally followed with an indirect object "to (a person/some people)" or "for (something)."

    For example:
    You can put out a call to someone.
    You can put in an application for a job.
    You can put in my word (my opinion) to the discussion.

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