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    plural subject and object

    Hi,

    I am not sure which of the following sentences is correct. Here I am talking about a telephone survey I conducted. I was trying to call a specific group of people (sample), but for every call I made, I got the answering machine and could not speak with anybody from that group. Please explain your choice briefly.

    1. It was really hard to get the people over the phone.
    2. It was really hard to get the people over phones.


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    MG.

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    Re: plural subject and object

    I wasn't able to speak with anyone on the phone.

    ON the phone would be the American choice, not OVER.

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    Re: plural subject and object

    1. It was really hard to get the people over the phone.
    2. It was really hard to get the people over phones.


    It was really hard to get hold of people on the phone. (informal)

    People proved difficult to contact by phone. (formal)

    It was very difficult to contact people by phone. (semi-formal to formal)

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