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    #1

    pick it up!

    Which is more common: to pick up the call or to pick up the phone and what's the difference if there is any?

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    Re: pick it up!

    BrE native, not a teacher

    In British English we would say "To pick up the phone"
    Note that this could be to make, or to answer, a call. If the phone is ringing, you would say "pick up the phone" or "answer the phone".

    In BrE, you "take a call" (meaning to accept it). "Pick up the call" isn't wrong, but in offices, it usually means to use your handset to pick up a call on a colleague's phone (for example if they are not there).

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    #3

    Re: pick it up!

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    Which is more common: to pick up the call or to pick up the phone and what's the difference if there is any?
    Pick up the phone and attend/answer the call.
    Regards,
    rj1948.

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