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    about a word

    Could you tell me if it is possible to use "a call waiting"
    as the same meaning of "a hold button" (in a teletelephone)?


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    Re: about a word

    I am not quite sure what it is you are asking. Is this about what you call the various buttons on a telephone?


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    Re: about a word

    Sorry for my poor English and long explanation.
    I mean "the hold button" is a kind of function button on a telephone.
    For ex., when you make a call to some company's manager but he
    is not there. Then an office worker say "Hold on" then press the
    "hold button" . You will listen to some music or announcement
    while you are waiting his comming.

    The "call waiting" is a telephone service that sends you a signal if
    another call arrives while you are already on the phone.

    I think those 2 words have different meanings.
    However, one of my friends who lived in the western country said
    she used the "call waiting" as the same meaning of the "hold button".
    That's why I have a question.

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    Re: about a word

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    I think those 2 words have different meanings.
    However, one of my friends who lived in the western country said she used the "call waiting" as the same meaning of the "hold button". That's why I have a question.
    They are different. Your explanation is perfect. You friend wasn't on call waiting, she was waiting on hold.


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    Thank you so much. I feel at ease.
    Sometimes things are different from my country
    and the western country.
    Therefore I was also not sure if teachers could
    understand my question.

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    Re: about a word

    Learning how to explain something is probably the most difficult task I know of. I find that simple works best:

    Are _________ and _________ the same?
    Do __________ and ________ mean the same thing?
    What is __________ and ____________? Are they different?


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    Re: about a word

    It's very useful for me.
    Thank you very much for your kindness.

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