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    Held line

    Hi guys,

    Can we say "I held the telephone line for five minutes".

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    Re: Held line

    Do you mean 'I was on hold on the phone for five minutes'?

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    Re: Held line

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,

    Can we say "I held the telephone line for five minutes"?
    I have approved this post (taken it out of moderation) even though, yet again, there was no question mark at the end of the question. Tufguy, you really must consider whether what you are writing is a question and then use the appropriate punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Held line

    We would normally say: I've been on/was on hold for five minutes.

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    #5

    Re: Held line

    But "Held" is the past of hold.

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    Re: Held line

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But "Held" is the past of hold.
    Yes, it is, but "on hold" is an idiom.

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    Re: Held line

    In this use "hold" is a reference to the "hold button" on many telephones (usually businesses).

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