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    "to hang up my mobile phone"

    Hi teachers!

    I'd like to ask about the use of "to hang up the phone".

    Is it okay to say "He hung up his cell phone" to refer to the movement of his switching off the phone in his hand?

    If it sounds odd, how do you decsribe the movement?

    Thank you!

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 29-Nov-2008 at 07:58.

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    Re: "to hang up my mobile phone"

    We still use "hang up" even though now we push a button, rather than hang the handset back on the hook.

    But the past tense is "hung up" not "hanged up."

    Hanged is the past tense of the verb "to hang" only when it refers to death by hanging. "He was hanged." Otherwise, it's "He hung up."

    In modern phones, we might also say, "He cut me off."

    Thankfully, there are NO reasons to say "cutted."

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