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    #1

    land line


    "I am trying to talk to you by your land line phone. Please hang up."


    Hi,
    I call a person many times but her line is always busy.
    I don't want to call her cell phone but only her land line, because it's cheaper.
    Then I send her a SMS with the message above.
    Is it fine, please?
    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: land line

    "..on your land line."

    Otherwise it is fine.

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    #3

    Re: land line

    A "native" speaker might say it like this:

    I'm trying to get through to your landline phone, please hang up (so I can get through).

    I want to talk to you through your landline phone, please hang up.

    I need to talk to you on your landline urgently, please hang up so I can get through.

    etc

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    #4

    Re: land line

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "..on your land line."

    Otherwise it is fine.
    Hi Anglika,

    Thanks a lot.

    Do you mean "I tried to talk to you on your land line."? It's not necessary to say "land line phone", right?

    If I wanted to say "cell phone", would it be "on you cell phone"?

    I've found thousands of "by phone" on COCA and I was wondering when it can be used. For example: "She talks with her mother by phone every morning.". Can I also use "on the phone" in this context?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by jctgf; 08-Nov-2008 at 14:40.

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    #5

    Re: land line

    Or:
    I'm trying to get through to your landline phone, could you free the line please.

    Landline- no need for phone
    I'd use 'on' in the first of your examples, but in the second I would stick with 'by' as it focuses on the medium used- phone not face-to-face, etc, though I wouldn't say 'on' is an error there.

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