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    I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    When you had entered into the gate, I saw you. I called you thrice, but you didn't hear to me and you have been walking very fast.

    Is the above grammatical?
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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Kumar Nadimuthu View Post
    When you had entered into walked through the gate, I saw you. I called you thrice, but you didn't hear to me and you have been were walking very fast.
    We know that 'thrice' means 'three times', but it's rarely used except in literary or poetic contexts.

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    There are other possibilities, but ths one would be grammatical:

    When you had entered through the gate, I saw you. I called you thrice, but you didn't hear me and you were walking very fast.

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We know that 'thrice' means 'three times', but it's rarely used except in literary or poetic contexts.
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    In India it is common for people to use 'double' and 'triple' when mentioning their telephone or account numbers.
    For example -
    My number is 929 (nine two nine) 355 (three double five) 1234 (one two three four)
    or
    My number is 939 (nine three nine) 111 (triple one) 1234 (one two three four)

    I noticed that some foreigners have trouble understanding when Indians say the numbers this way.
    And on one occasion I have seen an Indian man getting irritated at another one for giving out a number something like this:

    A: two double two one two three four (222 1234)
    B: What?
    A (slowly) : two - double two - one two three four
    B (irritated) : Why can't you just say 'triple two'?

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
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    In India it is common for people to use 'double' and 'triple' when mentioning their telephone or account numbers.
    For example -
    My number is 929 (nine two nine) 355 (three double five) 1234 (one two three four)
    or
    My number is 939 (nine three nine) 111 (triple one) 1234 (one two three four)

    I noticed that some foreigners have trouble understanding when Indians say the numbers this way.
    And on one occasion I have seen an Indian man getting irritated at another one for giving out a number something like this:

    A: two double two one two three four (222 1234)
    B: What?
    A (slowly) : two - double two - one two three four
    B (irritated) : Why can't you just say 'triple two'?
    If someone is writing down a number as it is being read to them, it is confusing to hear words other than numerals. So if I am on the phone to a call center, and the call center person is dictating a report number that I might have to refer to later, it interrupts my natural train of thought as I am writing to hear "four eight oh nine double one". My mind is concentrating on jotting down numerals and hearing the word "double" just derails the train of thought. Particularly if the call center person has a very heavy accent and the telephone connection is bad (I can hear many other call center operators speaking in the background) and I am struggling to comprehend what he is saying throughout the conversation.

    (Just explaining one possible reason foreigners have a problem with "double X" in the middle of a series of numerals.)

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    Thank you, Olympian and Jill, but your contributions have nothing to do with the OP.

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    I am pretty sure I have never used "thrice" in my life.

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    But you knew what it meant, didn't you?

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    Yes. I think from the Bible.

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    Re: I called you thrice but you didn't hear to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    In India it is common for people to use 'double' and 'triple' when mentioning their telephone or account numbers
    In BrE, you will hear double/treble used for this. Some use Two-double two.

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