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    swap the phone number

    "we swapped the phone numbers"

    What does above sentence mean? I guess they gave their numbers to each other but I am not completely sure.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/swap

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    Re: swap the phone number

    You can be completely sure—you guessed right.

    Note that your thread title is different from your quoted sentence, and they are both different from the example in the dictionary.

    There is no excuse for such carelessness.

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    Re: swap the phone number

    "The phone numbers" could be understood as any phone numbers that they know. "Our phone numbers" would be more likely their personal phone numbers.

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    Re: swap the phone number

    If it is their own phone numbers, it's natural to simply drop the pronoun altogether. "We swapped (phone) numbers." Even the word 'phone' is fairly optional, as it's understood.
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    Re: swap the phone number

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    "The phone numbers" could be understood as any phone numbers that they know. "Our phone numbers" would be more likely their personal phone numbers.
    But nobody would swap others' phone numbers, isn't it?

    P.S: I know isn't it is not correct, but I cannot form the correct one.

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    Re: swap the phone number

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But nobody would swap others' phone numbers, isn't it would they?

    P.S: I know isn't it is not correct, but I cannot form the correct one question tag.
    It's not likely but it's possible. The presence of the article in We swapped the phone numbers makes the listener think "Which numbers?" It could mean that you had two cell ("mobile" in BrE) phones and swapped their phone numbers, for example.
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    Re: swap the phone number

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You can be completely sure—you guessed right.

    Note that your thread title is different from your quoted sentence, and they are both different from the example in the dictionary.

    There is no excuse for such carelessness.
    Yes, I put "the" in front of "phone numbers", does it matter?

    Thank you.

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    Re: swap the phone number

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's not likely but it's possible. The presence of the article in We swapped the phone numbers makes the listener think "Which numbers?" It could mean that you had two cell ("mobile" in BrE) phones and swapped their phone numbers, for example.
    What is the counter of presence here? Is it lack of?

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    Re: swap the phone number

    Yes.

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    Re: swap the phone number

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But nobody would swap others' phone numbers, isn't it?
    Thank you.
    I don't see why not.

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