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    Being online

    Over the phone.

    First person: Your voice is breaking a lot. I can't hear you properly.

    Second person: "Okay, so there is no use taking this coversation further" or "there is no use being online with you as you cannot hear me properly". Please check.
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    Re: Being online

    **** I am not a teacher ****

    Both the responses of the second person look grammatically correct, but they sound very blunt, and perhaps even impolite (depending on the situation). How about saying something such as -

    - Can I call you back (or can you call me back) and see if the connection is any better?
    - Can we try a little later (or can we try another time) to see if the connection is any better?
    - I don't know if the problem is at my end or your end. Can I call you on another number (or can you call me from another phone)?

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    #3

    Re: Being online

    Note that 'online' means 'connected to the internet'. It doesn't apply to a telephone connection.

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    #4

    Re: Being online

    I think connection between telephones and online software is possible, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Being online

    It certainly is, but tufguy's people are talking on the phone.

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    #6

    Re: Being online

    Rover_KE, your point is well taken.

    My guess is that perhaps tufguy is using "online" because some people say things like "please stay on the line".

    Tufguy, out of curiosity, I would like to know if this scenario is referring to a regular phone line, or a phone using VoIP (voice over IP) connection which uses the Internet. Thank you.

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    Re: Being online

    Regular phone line.

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    #8

    Re: Being online

    I would use breaking/cracking up, not just breaking.

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    Re: Being online

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    My guess is that perhaps tufguy is using "online" because some people say things like "please stay on the line".
    We do use stay on the line for normal phones, but I have not heard online this way- there has to be a connection to the internet for that IMO.

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    Re: Being online

    We don't usually say that someone's voice is breaking up - there is nothing wrong with their voice, it's the phone connection that's at fault. Having said that, we do say "You're breaking up. I can't hear you" or "This line is really bad and I can barely hear you".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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