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    a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    In the past when land line phone calls used to get connected to a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection. For example "I think I was in seventh standard. I was trying to call someone when suddenly my call got connected to another line and two girls were talking to each other on that line."

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    Re: a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    That's an interesting reminiscence, Tufguy, but learning how to write it correctly at this point in your studies won't help you much with your English. Nevertheless, if you change the last bit before the quote to we called it a "cross-connection" then it will be natural.

    The quoted text is OK but overly wordy. You've already said your call got connected to another line; just end the sentence "and I could hear two girls talking to each other."

    Whenever you write a dialog and see that you've repeated a noun, ask yourself whether you need to use it both times.
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    Re: a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That's an interesting reminiscence, Tufguy, but learning how to write it correctly at this point in your studies won't help you much with your English. Nevertheless, if you change the last bit before the quote to we called it a "cross-connection" then it will be natural.

    The quoted text is OK but overly wordy. You've already said your call got connected to another line; just end the sentence "and I could hear two girls talking to each other."



    Whenever you write a dialog and see that you've repeated a noun, ask yourself whether you need to use it both times.
    In the past when land line phone calls used to get connected to a random person's call we called it cross-connection. For example "I think I was in seventh standard. I was trying to call someone when suddenly my call got connected to another line and I could hear two girls talking to each other."

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    Re: a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    We call it a crossed line in BrE.
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    Re: a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    In the past when land line phone calls used to get connected to a random person's call we called it cross-connection. For example "I think I was in seventh standard. I was trying to call someone when suddenly my call got connected to another line and I could hear two girls talking to each other."
    Very good. Add a colon after "for example", and add the definite article I recommended in post #2, and it'll be perfectly acceptable.

    Landline​ is a single word, too.
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    Re: a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Very good. Add a colon after "for example", and add the definite article I recommended in post #2, and it'll be perfectly acceptable.

    Landline​ is a single word, too.

    In the past when landline phone calls used to get connected to a random person's call we called it a cross-connection. For example "I think I was in seventh standard. I was trying to call someone when suddenly my call got connected to another line and I could hear two girls talking to each other."

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    Re: a random person's call we used to call it cross-connection

    You forgot to add the colon I suggested. However, you reacted correctly to my mistaken advice to add the definite article -- I meant an indefinite article, and you added one.
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