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    #1

    call on and out,what and as

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    The police were callled ____ to break up the demonstration.
    a. on b. out
    The key is 'b'. Could you please kindly explain if 'a' is possible?

    No.2
    His strength is no longer what it used to be when he was young.
    Could you please explain if I can use 'as' to replace 'what'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: call on and out,what and as

    Hello Jiang,

    1. Yes, A is possible, though less likely. "To call on someone" in this context would mean "to ask for someone's assistance".

    2. Yes, "as" would be fine; though "no longer what it used to be" is a set phrase, and therefore more likely.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    #3

    Re: call on and out,what and as

    Dear MrPedantic,

    Haven't heard from you for a long time!
    Thank you very much for your explanation. I understand No.2.
    No.1
    I don't quite understand it. If it means 'to ask for someone's assistance' then can the sentence mean 'ask for police's assistance'?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Jiang,

    1. Yes, A is possible, though less likely. "To call on someone" in this context would mean "to ask for someone's assistance".

    2. Yes, "as" would be fine; though "no longer what it used to be" is a set phrase, and therefore more likely.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    #4

    Re: call on and out,what and as

    Hello Jiang,

    You're right I've been intermittent, recently!

    Here's an example of "call on":

    1. He will call on the international community to take action to make our world a safer and better place.

    The sense of "call on" in such examples is "ask", but with a special sense of "asking for assistance where the other party has some kind of ethical obligation to respond".

    It occurs to me however that "call on" can also be used of a "resource" of some kind, e.g.

    2. In answering the question, he called on his many years' experience of public obfuscation.

    I'm inclined to think (contrary to my earlier post) that while "call on" in the sense "ask" is possible, in your example, it would a little unusual, because the police tend to act from professional, not ethical, obligations. But "call on" in the second sense might also fit the case:

    3. The police were called on to break up the demonstration.

    i.e. use was made of the police as a resource.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    #5

    Re: call on and out,what and as

    Dear MrPedantic,

    I am sorry to hear that you have been intermittent recently.
    Do take care of yourself and I sincerely hope you will recover soon.
    And thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Jiang,

    You're right I've been intermittent, recently!

    Here's an example of "call on":

    1. He will call on the international community to take action to make our world a safer and better place.

    The sense of "call on" in such examples is "ask", but with a special sense of "asking for assistance where the other party has some kind of ethical obligation to respond".

    It occurs to me however that "call on" can also be used of a "resource" of some kind, e.g.

    2. In answering the question, he called on his many years' experience of public obfuscation.

    I'm inclined to think (contrary to my earlier post) that while "call on" in the sense "ask" is possible, in your example, it would a little unusual, because the police tend to act from professional, not ethical, obligations. But "call on" in the second sense might also fit the case:

    3. The police were called on to break up the demonstration.

    i.e. use was made of the police as a resource.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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