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    #1

    pick up/answer the phone

    Hi everyone,

    Is there any difference between the phrases:

    1. pick up the phone
    2. answer the phone

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: pick up/answer the phone

    Yes.

    For #2 to be said, the phone must be ringing. This may not be the case with #1.
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-Nov-2013 at 08:18.

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    #3

    Re: pick up/answer the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Is there any difference between the phrases:

    1. pick up the phone
    2. answer the phone

    Thank you.
    Back in the day when all phones had a cradled receiver, "pick up the phone" often meant "answer the phone". Even then, however, "pick up the phone" could have meant to literally pick up the entire phone. These days, however, with the proliferation of cell/mobile phones, "pick up the phone" is a bit dated.

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    #4

    Re: pick up/answer the phone

    Or possibly to pick up the receiver to dial a number.

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