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    On the line

    I am talking to a person over the phone and that person asks for some information. I want that person to wait for few minutes. So what I need to say "Stay on the line while I get that number?".

    If condition is reversed and I want to know whether I have to wait or not. Can I say "Do I need to wait on the line or over the phone?".

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    Re: On the line

    Your first suggestion is fine. Your second doesn't make sense. What do you mean by "on the line or over the phone"? You are already talking over the phone. You might ask "Do I need to stay on the line or are you going to call me back?" or "Do I need to stay on the line or shall I call you back in a few minutes?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: On the line

    I like those last two. In the first case, as an alternative to 'Stay on the line' you could just say 'Hang on' or 'Hold on', though they are rather informal. A more formal version (which I have heard frequently in an office setting) is 'Will you hold?' or 'Can I ask you to hold?' (note, no 'on'; 'on' is not wrong, it's just often omitted).

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